15 apr 2013
Honour our sacrifice, let this never recur: Delhi braveheart’s family
New Delhi: Delhi’s braveheart, the 23-year-old medical student who died after being brutally gang-raped in a Delhi bus in December last year, was honoured today at the NDTV Indian of the Year 2012 ceremony. She was honoured with Daughter of India Award. Scholarships were announced in her name.
On stage, her mother stood alongside India’s Prime Minister, tears filling her eyes as she folded her hands and almost whispered, “My only request is, fix things so this never happens to anyone else. And hang all the five men. Also the minor.”
Her father recounted how the family lived on potatoes for months so that they could educate their daughter. “Relatives told us why bother, just get her married. But she wanted to study,” he said.
On December 16 last year, the young woman and her friend boarded a bus in south Delhi. Six men on the bus gang-raped her and also brutally attacked her causing grievous injury. They also beat up her friend, before throwing them out of the bus. She died in a Singapore hospital 13 days later.
The young man who was with the medical student that day, was also on stage today as she was honoured. “I have lost my friend. No law can bring her back. But let this not recur. Honour our sacrifice in that way, please,” he said.
The Prime Minister promised, “We should all pay tribute to her by resolving that we will not let the loss of her life go to vain. We should resolve to enhance the security of women in the country.”
Of six men accused in the case, one has committed suicide in jail. Another is a minor and is being tried by a juvenile court. Four other accused are being tried by a fast track court in Delhi.