In the meantime his lawyer and parents deny the reports and says he could not have killed himself and his death should be treated as a murder.
“My son has not committed suicide,” said Mange Lal Singh after his son Ram Singh was found dead in his cell at Tihar jail on the outskirts of Delhi.
“I had met him six days back at the court. He had told me that his life is in danger and he also said that he had been sodomised by his fellow inmates,” the father said
Ram Singh, who was 33, allegedly hanged himself at 5 am in Delhi’s high-security Tihar Jail. “He tied his clothes together, used the ceiling grille and wooden stool to hang himself,” said prison official Sunil Gupta.
Ram Singh also had a badly injured hand and would have been unable to orchestrate a suicide, his father said, speaking from outside his small home in a New Delhi slum.
Officers in Tihar jail said they would not comment on the family’s claims and would wait for the results of an official inquiry which has been launched.
Singh and his four fellow defendants were facing the death penalty if convicted of the attack, which horrified Indians and set off national protests. A sixth accused is being tried and jailed separately because he is a juvenile.
Of the six men accused of the student’s gang-rape and murder, five – including Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh – are on trial at a fast-track court in South Delhi. The sixth is a juvenile and is being tried separately.