The woman who was shockingly gang raped in India has been cremated, and the men who attacked her have all finally been charged with murder.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was at the airport in Dehli to receive the body and console family members after it was flown in on a chartered flight from the Singapore hospital where she was receiving treatment. The six men police arrested in connection with the rape and beating of the woman on a bus on December 16 had murder charges added after the girl died on Saturday.
The 23-year-old victim's identity is still unconfirmed, but the Hundustan Times has a few details about the girl. Apparently, while receiving treatment, she asked doctors to remove the tubes from her mouth so she could testify against her attackers.
Human rights experts are advocating for an end to the country's 'two finger test' to determine whether someone has been raped, the Wall Street Journal reports:
In the test, which appears in Indian jurisprudence textbooks and is admissible in court, a doctor inserts two fingers into a women’s vagina to determine its laxity and whether the hymen is broken, signaling previous sexual activity.
Signalling that change will need to come from the nation's politicians, there were massive protests across the country over the weekend. These Reuters photos from Saturday and Sunday's protests are pretty astounding:
Demonstrators hold candles during a candlelight vigil for a gang rape victim who was assaulted in New Delhi on Saturday, December 29 (Danish Siddiqui / Reuters)
Demonstrators lie on a road during a protest in New Delhi on Saturday (Adnan Abidi / Reuters)
Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi on Saturday (Danish Siddiqui / Reuters)
Police and a demonstrator scuffle during a protest in New Delhi on Sunday, December 30 (Reuters / Ahmad Masood)
Demonstrators try to pull away police barricade during a protest in New Delhi on Sunday (Ahmad Masood / Reuters)
Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi on Sunday (Ahmad Masood / Reuters)
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