Tihar Prison, Delhi (file image)Ram Singh was found dead in Tihar prison in Delhi

A suspect in the abduction, rape and murder of a student in the Indian capital, Delhi, has been found dead in prison, his lawyer has confirmed.

Unconfirmed reports say Ram Singh was found hanged in Tihar jail, Delhi.

Ram Singh was one of five men being held in the case. They all denied the charges.

The brutal attack on the 23-year-old student in December outraged India and triggered a debate about the treatment of women.

A sixth suspect is being tried by a juvenile court.

Ram Singh’s lawyer, VK Anand, told the BBC he was informed about his client’s death by police.

The website of Indian news channel NDTV, quoting jail officials, said Ram Singh had hanged himself at around 05:00 local time on Monday (23:30 GMT Sunday).

Ram Singh and the four other adult defendants – his brother Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur – have been on trial in a fast-track court.

They face 13 charges, including murder, gang-rape, kidnapping and destruction of evidence. If found guilty they face the death sentence.

The maximum sentence the juvenile would face if convicted would be three years in a reform facility.

The rape victim, who was not named for legal reasons, was with a male friend when she was attacked on a bus and thrown from the vehicle.

She died in a Singapore hospital on 29 December from massive internal injuries.

Delhi rape suspect found dead in prison – BBC News
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