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Six suspects held in connection with the rape of a woman in India have been charged with murder after she died on Saturday of injuries sustained in the attack, police said.

“They have been charged (with murder),” said Rajan Bhagat, a spokesman for New Delhi police.

The woman, who was gang-raped on a New Delhi bus on December 16, died in a hospital in Singapore. The attack has sparked protests and a national debate about violence against women.

The suspects in the rape — five men aged between 20 and 40, and a juvenile — were arrested within hours of the attack.

Many Indians have called for the death penalty for those responsible.

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