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India rape victim's ashes scattered, more attacks stoke debate

Published on Jan 2, 2013 6:16 AM
An Indian man makes a banner during a protest to mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013. The gang-rape and killing of a New Delhi student has set off an impassioned debate about what India needs to do to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. The country remained in mourning Tuesday, three days after the 23-year-old physiotherapy student died from her internal wounds in a Singapore hospital. -- PHOTO : AP

LUCKNOW, India (REUTERS) - The ashes of an Indian student who died after being gang-raped were scattered in the Ganges river on Tuesday as reports of more attacks stoked a growing national debate on violence against women.

The death of the 23-year-old woman, who has not been named, prompted street protests across India, international outrage and promises from the government of tougher punishments for offenders.

Police on Tuesday confirmed they would push for the death penalty for her attackers - the force can recommend prosecutors pursue particular punishments in Indian trials.

The physiotherapy student was raped and tortured on Dec 16 by a group of men armed with a metal bar on a private bus in New Delhi, nicknamed India's 'rape capital'. She died from her injuries on Saturday in a Singapore hospital.

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