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Father of Indian rape victim calls for attackers to be hanged

The victim's father whose face has been distorted to protect her identity Photo: Reuters

The father of an Indian medical student who died after being raped by a gang of men in Delhi has called for his daughter's attackers to be hanged.

Five of the six alleged attackers were today charged with murder, gang rape and criminal conspiracy among other charges.

A sixth accused, who is under 18, is due to be tried separately in a juvenile court.

Demonstrators dressed in black robes representing judges protested outside the court calling for fast justice.

ITV News' correspondent Geraint Vincent reports from Delhi:

The victim's father said earlier that he backed the chorus of calls for those responsible to be executed.

"The whole country is demanding that these monsters be hanged. I am with them," the father told reporters in his home village of Mandwara Kalan in Uttar Pradesh state.

Demonstrators dressed as judges protest outside the court today Credit: ITV News

The trial of the five men accused is being processed by a fast-track chamber set up specially for the task.

In a sign of the high emotions surrounding the case, the bar association at the court said none of its members was willing to represent the accused. The court is expected to assign a defence lawyer for the men.

A placard held by one of the demonstrators Credit: ITV News

The attack took place on a bus in the capital Delhi on December 16. Two weeks later, the woman died at a hospital in Singapore from injuries sustained in the attack.

India has been gripped by a wave of demonstrations and strikes calling for stricter and more effective laws to deal with sex crimes in India.