Indian gang-rape victim cremated, was due to marry

The body of a woman whose gang rape provoked protests and rare national debate about violence against women in India has arrived back in New Delhi and was quickly cremated at a private ceremony.

The 23-year-old medical student died in a hospital in Singapore where she had been taken for treatment after she was brutally attacked on a bus in New Delhi two weeks ago. 

Relatives and friends said their final prayers at the ceremony in southwestern Delhi. 

The mourners also revealed she had been due to wed her boyfriend in February. 

Her boyfriend was injured in the same attack. 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the main ruling Congress party, were at Delhi airport to console her parents as they arrived home on a chartered plane with their daughter's body this morning. 

Security in the capital remained tight after authorities, worried about the reaction to the news of her death, had deployed thousands of policemen and closed some roads and metro stations yesterday.

Protesters still gathered, in New Delhi and other cities, to keep the pressure on Dr Singh's government to get tougher on crime against women.