Attendees at one of many vigils being held In India for the young woman gang-raped and beaten on December 16, and who died on December 29

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COMMENTARY | The body of the young woman whose gang rape ignited fury, protests, and national reflection on the endemic problem of violent sex crimes against women in India, was cremated on Sunday.

The coffin carrying the 23-year-old’s body arrived at New Delhi’s IGI airport at around 3.30 am on Sunday, after being flown on a specially chartered Air India flight from Singapore.

The victim’s family, who had traveled on the flight, were met at the airport by India’s prime minister, Manmohan Singh, and Sonia Gandhi, head of the ruling Congress party, The Hindustan Times reports.

From there, the young woman’s body was taken to the family’s home for religious rituals before a police escort took the funeral party to the crematorium.

Sheila Dikshit, Chief elected leader of the city, and junior Home Minister, Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh, both placed wreaths beside the body before it was cremated, The Guardian reports [via The Press Trust of India news agency.]

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, after the victim’s death, Indian police charged six men allegedly connected to the attack, with murder.

Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the six suspects will face the death penalty if convicted.

Demonstrators reference the 'Speak No Evil' silencing of an endemic problem of sex crimes against women in India