UNDATED (CBS) -- Authorities have filed rape and murder charges against the men accused of gang-raping a 23-year-old Indian woman in New Dehli. The university student was attacked so severely, she later died from her injuries. The savage crime has sparked outrage across the country.
A group of lawyers carried signs and called for justice for women outside the new delhi court where five men were charged in the deadly gang rape of a 23 year old university student.
The group called on other lawyers not to represent the suspects.
Inside, prosecutors formally charged the men with rape, murder and kidnapping. The Dec. 16 attack happened after the woman and her male companion boarded the bus after seeing a movie. The men are accused of raping her for hours and torturing her with an iron bar. She later died from her internal injuries. Her companion was also badly beaten.
The viciousness of the crime has sparked demonstrations and candlelight vigils in a country where rape is common and the victim is often blamed for the attack. This case has stirred national debate on India's treatment of women. Governor of India's Easter West Bengal State M.K. Narayanan says, "It is incumbent upon all of us, the government, the authority, whether governor, or anybody else to try and prevent a rape. I think, it is important that we entire citizen of this country should prevent a rape."
Prosecutors plan to push for the death penalty in the case and the government is now setting up new courts to deal with sexual assault cases swiftly.
One of the five defendants is the bus driver. A sixth suspect is under 18 and will be tried separately in juvenile court.