India Gang Rape Suspect commits Suicide in Cell
One of the suspect charged in the crime of gang raping and fatally beating a woman on a New Delhi bus was found dead in his jail cell Monday.
He committed suicide by hanging himself but the parents of the deceased claim their son was murdered.
Police say Ram Singh hanged himself with his own clothes. But his lawyer and parents claim it was a foul play that he was murdered.
"There was no reason for him to commit suicide. There is some foul play," Singh's attorney V.K. Anand said.
Singh was housed in New Delhi's Tihar Prison. Last year, the prison recorded 18 deaths, including two suicides, according to CNN affiliate CNN-IBN.
The reaction to this high profile case is in an area of shock and lots of people are wondering why Singh should hang himself. The lawyer told the media that he was happy the way the case was going and showed any concern in depression or committing suicide.
But it was said that he was the main suspect and it was through him that the police were able to arrest the other five suspects accused of the crime.
The prosecution says they have evidence to continue with the trial.
Authorties say Singh was the driver of the bus aboard which several men brutally raped a 23-year-old woman on December 16.
The gang rape, and the woman's subsequent death from injuries, prompted angry protests over the country's treatment of women and handling of sexual attacks.
Police charged Singh and four other men with murder, rape and kidnapping.
Their trial began in February. If convicted, the men could face the death penalty.
A sixth suspect is 17 and will be tried separately in juvenile court.