The father of the woman recently gang-raped and murdered in New Delhi has revealed the name of his daughter, saying it will give courage to other Indian women who have survived such ordeals.
In an interview published on Sunday, Badri Singh Pandey told the British newspaper Sunday People
that his daughter’s name is Jyoti.
On December 16, 2012, Jyoti Singh Pandey was gang-raped and severely beaten for two and a half hours on a public bus in New Delhi and died on December 29 in a hospital in Singapore.
The 23-year-old physiotherapy student was sexually assaulted by six men on a bus in New Delhi and beaten with an iron bar. After the attack, the woman and a male friend, who was also beaten, were stripped and thrown off the bus.
The 53-year-old father of the victim said, “We want the world to know her real name.
“My daughter didn’t do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself.
“I am proud of her. Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks. They will find strength from my daughter.”
interviewed Badri in his ancestral village, Billia, which is located in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where he and his family have retreated to mourn, far away from their New Delhi home.
In the New Delhi hospital, Jyoti's mother “told me what happened. I don’t have the words to describe the incident. All I can say is they’re not human, not even animals. They’re not of this world,” Badri stated.
“It was just gruesome and I hope no one ever goes through what she had to endure,” he added.
Badri said, “At first I wanted to see the men responsible face to face but I don’t want to any more. I just want to hear that the courts have punished them and they will be hanged.”
Commenting on her death, Badri stated, “I so desperately wanted her to survive, even though she would have to live with a memory of that attack and get through her trauma.
“We’re so devastated that she’s gone. There’s a huge void in our lives. She was the center of our universe. Our lives revolved around her.
“Her absence is so painful, a future without her is unimaginable.”
The horrific nature of the crime shocked Indians, who have thronged the streets on an almost daily basis since the incident, demanding protection for women and capital punishment for rape, which currently carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.