New Delhi gang rape protests
Police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New DelhiReuters

The prime accused in the Delhi Gang rape cum murder case, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself to the grill of his cell on Monday.

The 33-year-old accused reportedly hanged him using his own clothes around 5 am.

Here is a timeline of events in the Delhi gang rape case:

December 16, 2012: The 23-year-old physiotherapy student was gang raped by six men in a moving bus in Delhi. She along with her male friend was coaxed into the bus by the offenders. They raped her and brutally assaulted the duo following which they threw them off the bus in a stripped condition. The victim was rushed to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.

December 17,2012: Delhi police identified four of the accused in connection with the case. The condition of the victim was reported to be critical.

December 18, 2012: Protests commence in Delhi after news of brutal gang rape spread. Politicians condemn the gruesome act.

December 19, 2012: The victim regains consciousness and expresses desire to survive her ordeal and that her attackers were given due punishment.

December 23, 2012: The Sub-Divisional Magistrate records the statement of the victim.

December 22, 2012: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said amendments will be made in the criminal law to impose strict punishment on the accused in rarest of rare cases of sexual assault.

December 23, 2012: Protests demanding justice for the victim and women security intensify leaving several injured. Delhi Police closes four Delhi Metro stations - Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Race Course stations.

December 24, 2012: Constable Subhash Tomar, who was deployed in the national capital to control the protests, sustains serious injuries. He is rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital but succumbs to death the next day.

December 25, 2012: The Metropolitan magistrate records statement of the victim for the second time.

December 27, 2012: The victim is secretly transferred from Safdarjung hospital to Palam Air Force station. She was flown to Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.

December 29, 2012: The victim dies at Mount Elizabeth Hospital due to multiple-organ failure.

December 30, 2012: The victim's body is flown back to India from Singapore for cremation. The violent protests turn into peaceful candlelight marches to mourn her death.

January 3, 2013: Delhi Police submit a 33-page chargesheet against five accused - Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh and their accomplices Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur. Police book them under charges of murder, gangrape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, dacoity, hurting in committing robbery, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and common intention under the Indian Penal Code.

The sixth is exempted from the charges after he claimed to be a minor.

January 7, 2013: The five adult accused in the case are produced in the Delhi's Saket Court. The accused Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta file petition to turn state witnesses. They also confess to their involvement in the crime when produced in the court.

January 28, 2013:  The Juvenile Justice Board declares the sixth accused in the brutal gang rape as a minor on the basis of his school certificates.

February 2, 2013: The five adult accused are charged with 13 offences, including murder. They are sent to judicial custody in Tihar Jail.

February 28, 2013: The Juvenile Justice Board books the minor accused in the case with rape and murder charges.

March 11, 2013: Ram Singh, the prime accused in the case, commits suicide in his cell at the high-security Tihar Jail in Delhi.

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