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A young Indian girl lights a candle Thursday in memory of a gang-rape victim in New Delhi, India. The Dec. 16 attack on the woman, who later died of her injuries, has caused outrage across India, sparking protests and demands for tough new rape laws, better police protection for women and a sustained campaign to change society’s views about women. A placard on the left reads “Why aren’t you able to protect the womb that gave birth to you?”

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India rape victim’s friend recounts ordeal

The companion of a woman who was gang-raped aboard a bus in New Delhi recounted in a television interview for the first time Friday how the pair was attacked for 21⁄2 hours before being thrown on the side of the road, where passersby ignored them and police debated jurisdiction issues before helping them.

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