NEW DELHI: The alleged ring-leader of the Delhi gang-rape that horrified India, and the world, late last year, has reportedly been found dead in his jail cell in Dehli.
Ram Singh, 33, was found on Monday morning in his cell at Tihar jail.
Indian media is quoting an official from the jail as saying “yes, he is dead”.
Singh was due to face court on Monday. He reportedly died at 5am (local time). His brother, Mukesh, also a suspect and being held in the same jail, has been informed of his death.
Ram Singh, along with four other men and a juvenile, were accused of a brutal gang-rape in December last year, in which a 23-year-old physiotherapy student and her boyfriend were lured onto a bus in a south Delhi suburb on a Sunday night.
The man was beaten unconscious before the woman was gang-raped by the six people on the bus, as well as being beaten and raped with an iron bar.
The woman and her boyfriend, were thrown, naked and unconscious, from the moving bus onto the road after nearly an hour.
She died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital from massive internal injuries.
The case led to massive protests across India over the safety, and treatment, of women in the country, and to the government enforcing harsher punishments for sexual assaults.
But the number of sexual assaults against women, especially in Delhi, known as the ‘Rape Capital of India’, has not diminished since the attack.
The number of reported rapes in India’s capital has risen from an average of two a day to four a day in 2013. 181 rapes were reported in Delhi between January 1 and February 15. Part of the increase, the Home Minister said, announcing the findings in parliament, could be attributed to a greater level of reporting of attacks.
In a case with disturbing similarities to the notorious December attack, a 35-year-old Delhi woman was gang-raped by five men in a moving car and dumped on the side of the road on Sunday morning.
The woman had got into the car outside a temple because she knew some of the occupants, but she was then allegedly raped by the men inside as it drove around the city.
She was found lying on a road just after 10am.
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The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.