Suspect in India Gang Rape (Ram Singh) Found Dead in Jail: Kinda had it coming…?

Ram Singh Delhi Gang Rape

Ram Singh, the main suspect in the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi was found dead in his jail cell early this morning.

Prison authorities say that Ram Singh was found on Monday hanging from a ceiling grill with a makeshift rope comprised of bed sheets. Tihar prison officials are calling the incident a suicide, citing Singh’s violent behavior and mood swings. The prison is currently conducting an internal investigation over what is being called a major lapse in prison security.

Singh’s family and defense lawyers, however, insist that the 33-year-old was murdered.

“He was killed and later hanged in the jail… It was not suicide,” said Mangey Lal, Ram Singh’s father, talking to reporters outside Tihar jail. He also said his son had been raped in prison by other inmates, and repeatedly threatened by prisoners and guards.

According to Singh’s lawyer, V K Anand, “There were no circumstances which could have led to Ram Singh committing suicide. There was no mental stress. He was very happy… The trial was going on very well.” Well, I don’t think the trial was going that well for him. And the alleged prison rapings probably created a bit of mental stress.

Ram Singh, along with his brother Mukesh, are two of the six men accused of the rape and murder and are being tried in a special “fast track” court in Delhi. Singh was the first suspect detained by the police and his confession ultimately led to the arrest of the other men. Although Singh had yet to testify in court, the police say they have enough forensic evidence to link all six men to the murdered woman and her friend, who was also badly beaten in the attack.

On a lighter note, Oscar Pistorius, the South African accused of killing his girlfriend, may also be “on the verge of suicide”. Note to self: killing people may cause suicide.

Via: The New York Times

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