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Gang-rape victim cremated in Delhi

by fwire  Dec 30, 2012 20:30 IST

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New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) The body of the Delhi gang-rape victim was cremated here Sunday morning soon after it was flown in from Singapore, officials said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi were present at the airport to receive the body of the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist who was brutally assaulted and gang-raped Dec 16 in a moving bus in the national capital.

According to sources, Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi also spoke to the family members of the young woman and consoled them.

"The body arrived this morning and the cremation has been done," a home ministry spokesperson said.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and union Minister of State for Home Affairs R.P.N. Singh were present at the crematorium.

The cremation was done in total secrecy.

Officials in the ministry said the body arrived in the national capital at 3.30 a.m.

The woman's body was embalmed after a post-mortem in Singapore and placed in a special casket before being flown to India in a chartered Air India aircraft. The parents of the woman accompanied the body.

The woman was brutally assaulted and gang-raped by six men in a moving bus Dec 16 in the national capital. She was then thrown out of the bus. She was undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital before being flown to a Singapore hospital when her condition deteriorated. She died Saturday.