Women hold placards as they march during a rally organized by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (unseen) protesting for justice and security for women, in New Delhi January 2, 2013.

The ashes of the Indian student who died after being gang-raped were scattered in the Ganges river on Tuesday as reports of more attacks stoked a growing national debate on violence against women.

The death of the 23-year-old woman, who has not been named, prompted street protests across India, international outrage and promises from the government of tougher punishments for offenders. — Photos and Text by Agencies

Women hold placards as they march during a rally organized by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (unseen) protesting for justice and security for women, in New Delhi January 2, 2013. ? AFP Photo
Women hold placards as they march during a rally organized by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (unseen) protesting for justice and security for women, in New Delhi January 2, 2013. ? AFP Photo
Women carrying placards enter Raj Ghat to attend a prayer ceremony for a rape victim after a rally organized by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (unseen) protesting for justice and security for women, in New Delhi January 2, 2013. ? Reuters Photo
Women carrying placards enter Raj Ghat to attend a prayer ceremony for a rape victim after a rally organized by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (unseen) protesting for justice and security for women, in New Delhi January 2, 2013. ? Reuters Photo
Indian protestors look at a display of lighted candles left in memory of a gangrape victim  in New Delhi on January 2, 2013.  ? AFP Photo
Indian protestors look at a display of lighted candles left in memory of a gangrape victim in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. ? AFP Photo
Indian women carry signs as they march to mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, January 2, 2013. India's top court said it will decide whether to suspend lawmakers facing sexual assault charges as thousands of women gathered at the memorial to independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi to demand stronger protection for their safety. The banners read "We need safety." ? AFP Photo
Indian women carry signs as they march to mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, January 2, 2013. India's top court said it will decide whether to suspend lawmakers facing sexual assault charges as thousands of women gathered at the memorial to independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi to demand stronger protection for their safety. The banners read "We need safety." ? AFP Photo
Indian protestors shout anti-government slogans during a protest against rape in New Delhi on January 2, 2013.  The family of an Indian gang-rape victim said that they would not rest until her killers are hanged as police finalised their investigation before charges are laid against suspects this week. As the ruling Congress party reportedly pushed for tougher punishments for sex crimes, including chemical castration, authorities in New Delhi launched a hotline to improve safety for women in a city dubbed "India's
Indian protestors shout anti-government slogans during a protest against rape in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. The family of an Indian gang-rape victim said that they would not rest until her killers are hanged as police finalised their investigation before charges are laid against suspects this week. As the ruling Congress party reportedly pushed for tougher punishments for sex crimes, including chemical castration, authorities in New Delhi launched a hotline to improve safety for women in a city dubbed "India's
Chief Minister of Delhi state Sheila Dikshit, center, along with others offer prayers for a gang rape victim, at Mahatma Gandhi memorial, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, January 2, 2013. ? AP Photo
Chief Minister of Delhi state Sheila Dikshit, center, along with others offer prayers for a gang rape victim, at Mahatma Gandhi memorial, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, January 2, 2013. ? AP Photo

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