Rape accused Ram Singh's autopsy today
New Delhi, Mar 12 : An autopsy will be carried out on the body of Delhi gangrape key accused Ram Singh on Tuesday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Singh committed suicide on Monday morning.
The report is expected later on Tuesday, which will throw light to the ongoing controversyon whether Ram Singh killed himself or was murdered, as alleged by his family and lawyers.
Singh and four accused in the Delhi rape case were charged with murder, gangrape, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy, dacoity, unnatural sex and common intent in the case.
Singh, who was the driver of the bus inside which the Delhi Braveheart was assaulted, committed suicide by hanging himself in Delhi's Tihar Jail on Monday, sparking yet another debate on what kind of vigilance is being kept on such criminals inside India's most famous and high security prison.
He was found hanging inside jail number 3 at around 5 pm, officials said. He has allegedly hanged himself with his own clothes.
Singh was taken to a jail hospital where he was declared brought dead.
His body was later sent to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital here for a post-mortem examination.
Ram Singh's family on Monday however claimed that the Delhi gangrape accused did not commit suicide but was murdered in Delhi's Tihar Jail where he was lodged.
"Ram Singh did not commit suicide....He has been murdered and then hanged," Singh's father had told media.
Singh's lawyer VK Anand earlier said there was 'no reason' for the Delhi gangrape accused to commit suicide.
Anand said: "Ram Singh was not under mental stress. I do not think there was any reason for him to commit suicide. I am shocked to hear this news."
"There were security concerns, so we wanted the case to be transferred out of Delhi. But Ram Singh was under no stress and was happy with the way the trial was going on," he had said.
Singh's death will be investigated by a metropolitan magistrate.
Amid the trial of the Delhi gangrape case at a fast-track court in Delhi, the suicide of Singh can come as an impediment to the process of justice delivery.
The Tihar Jail authorities have also ordered an inquiry into the matter.
The Home Ministry has sought a report on Singh's suicide.
Incidentally, it was Singh's idea to take the school bus on Dec 16 night for the "joy ride", while his brother Mukesh was driving the vehicle.
The trial of the sixth accused, who is a minor, began last week.
The Juvenile Justice Board on Feb 28 framed rape and murder charges against the sixth accused
On Dec 16, six people gangraped and brutalised the 23-year-old Delhi Braveheart or Nirbhaya with an iron rod on a moving bus in New Delhi. The victim succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital on Dec 29.
The incident triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of crime against women in India with people pouring into the streets of New Delhi for days and demanding a change of law and strict punishment of the accused.