Body of India rape victim arrives home in New Delhi

A sand sculpture with the words "We Want Justice"  in solidarity with the gang rape victim who was assaulted in New Delhi. The sculpture was created by Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik on a beach in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. The raped woman died in hospital in Singapore where she had been taken for treatment. Her body arrived back in New Delhi in the early hours of Sunday morning. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The body of a woman whose gang rape provoked protests and rare national debate about violence against women in India arrived back in New Delhi in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The unidentified 23-year-old medical student died from her injuries on Saturday, prompting promises of action from a government that has struggled to respond to public outrage.

She had suffered brain injuries and massive internal damage in the attack on Dec. 16, and died in hospital in Singapore where she had been taken for treatment.

She and a male friend had been returning home from the cinema, media reports say, when six men on a bus beat them with metal rods and repeatedly raped the woman. The friend survived.