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India's ruling party considers chemical castration, other tough punishments for sex crimes

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Women hold placards as they join others in a march past a metro station undergoing construction during a rally organized by Delhi's chief minister protesting for justice and security for women, in New Delhi on Jan. 2. 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.

Marchers protested in New Delhi on Wednesday as the horrific gang rape and murder of a student continued to reverberate across India. The 23 year old victim's family said that they would not rest until her killers are hanged. Police are finalizing their investigation before charges are laid against the suspects this week. The ruling Congress party reportedly pushed for tougher punishments for sex crimes, including chemical castration, and authorities in New Delhi launched a hotline to improve safety for women in a city dubbed "India's rape capital."

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Delhi's chief minister, center, and others offer prayers for a gang rape victim, at Mahatma Gandhi memorial, in New Delhi, India, Jan. 2.

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Indian protesters shout anti-government slogans during a protest against rape in New Delhi on Jan. 2. The family of an Indian gang rape victim said that they would not rest until her killers are hanged as police finalized their investigation before charges are laid against the suspects this week. The ruling Congress party reportedly pushed for tougher punishments for sex crimes, including chemical castration, and authorities in New Delhi launched a hotline to improve safety for women in a city dubbed "India's rape capital."

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A child carries placards that contain pro-women slogans at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, Rajghat, during a peace prayer meeting in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 2. The event was organized by the Delhi Government, Delhi Commission for Women to pay homage to the 23 year old Delhi gang rape victim and for women safety.

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Female Indian paramilitary soldiers watch as Indian women march to mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 2. 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.

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