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Indian Gang Rape Victim's Death Sparks Protests And Security Lockdown In New Delhi

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The Indian capital of New Delhi is under a security lockdown amid protests after the victim of a violent gang rape died of her injuries.

CNN report that the six men arrested over the attack have now been charged with murder, with many Indians calling for them to be hanged.

The attack, which happened on the 16th December, has already prompted large protests across the country by those hoping to highlight the high levels of violence against women, much of which goes unreported.

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Protests have already resulted in the death of one policeman

Reuters report that thousands of police have been deployed across the capital and a number of metro stations and roads have been closed.

The 23-year-old medical student died of multiple organ failure and a heart attack.

During the rape she was attacked by six men on a bus. A metal rod inserted in her body resulted in the removal of almost all of her intestines.

The victim and a male friend, who was also attacked, were thrown from the bus as it was still moving.

In a statement by the Singapore hospital where she was being treated, chief executive Dr. Kevin Loh, said: "Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days.

"She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain.

"She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome."

Sky News report that anti-rape protesters have gathered in the centre of New Delhi for a sit-in near the home of the prime minister, Manmohan Singh, and key government ministries.

Singh has acknowledged that fundamental changes are needed in Indian society to address the issues raised by the sexual violence.

He was "very saddened" by the death hoped to channel public anger into a positive course of action, according to the BBC.

He said: "I hope that the entire political class and civil society will set aside narrow sectional interests and agenda to help us all reach the end that we all desire - making India a demonstrably better and safer place for women to live in."

Social activists are demanding firm action in a country where they say a woman is raped every 14 hours.

The government has already said it will "name and shame" sex offenders in the future.

The body of the victim will be flown back to India on Saturday.

Another rape victim is reported to have committed suicide in recent days after police took 44 days to take action against her attackers, reports the Daily Mail.