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Rape protests end New Year parties

India remained in mourning today over the death of the New Delhi gang rape victim, with many New Year celebrations cancelled in respect.

The attack has set off an impassioned debate about what the country needs to do to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

Protesters and politicians have called for tougher rape laws, major police reforms and a transformation in the way the nation treats its women.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student died two days ago from internal wounds in a Singapore hospital. Six men have been arrested and charged with murder in the December 16 attack.

India's army and navy scrapped their New Year's celebrations, as did Sonia Gandhi, head of the ruling Congress party. Hotels and clubs across the capital also said they would forego their usual parties.

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