Was an accused perp in the Indian fatal gang rape case murdered?
He was the central suspect in a crime that shocked the world. On Monday, Indian officials announced Ram Singh, the bus driver accused of participating in the brutal beating and gang rape that led to the death of a 23-year-old Delhi woman last December, had been found hanged in his cell at Tihar Jail. Police are calling it a suicide. His family and lawyer are calling it suspicious. And Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has shrugged it off as a "lapse in security."
Six males — including one juvenile — have been accused of the horrific attack on the female bus passenger, who was thrown from the bus and died from internal injuries several days later. The crime brought global attention to the pervasiveness of sexual violence in India, and just this past Friday, the victim was posthumously given the International Women of Courage award for speaking out against her attacks even as she lay dying.