Demonstrators have gathered in New Delhi following the death of a female student who was gang-raped and beaten on a bus in the Indian capital.
The 23-year-old victim died early this morning at a hospital in Singapore, where she had been transferred for treatment.
As news of her death reached New Delhi, hundreds of policemen sealed off the area surrounding India Gate - where India's government building is located - in anticipation of protests.
The protesters are demanding stronger protection for women and the death penalty for rape, which is currently punishable by a maximum of life imprisonment.
The gang rape of a young woman in Delhi has exposed deep fissures in Indian society, as assault victims finally find their voices.
Speaking hours before his daughters attackers appeared in court, the father of the India rape victim has called for the harshest penalty.
After almost three weeks of protests over the rape of an Indian woman on a Delhi bus, the nation could face a national strike.