Indian Rape Victim Tells Parents: “I’m Going to Heaven” Then Dies

The grieving father of a 23-year-old woman, who died last week after being brutally gang-raped and assaulted in a moving bus in India‘s national capital, says when he last spoke to her in the hospital on Christmas, she gestured she was going to heaven.

“She gestured with her fingers that she was going to heaven,” BBC quoted the father, a Hindu by religion and whose name is being withheld, as saying on Wednesday, the day before police were expected to formally charge five of the six suspects, aged between 18 and 35, with rape and murder.

Amid calls for capital punishment for all the accused, the sixth accused has claimed he is juvenile and police are conducting tests to determine his real age.

Police records say the underage suspect raped the 23-year-old physiotherapy student twice after she was hit with iron rods and fell unconscious. He extracted her intestine with his bare hands and suggested she be thrown off the moving vehicle devoid of her clothes, according to The Hindustan Times.

Law provides for a maximum sentence of three years in a correctional home for a juvenile.

“The juvenile should be punished first…he was the one who lured my daughter into the bus and tortured her most mercilessly. He should be hanged like the other five accused,” the victim’s father told Economic Times.