The family of the Delhi gang-rape victim has turned down an offer from the city's Sai Institute to return the fees charged from her, saying the amount should be used to help poor and needy students.
The offer by the institute from where she did a four-year course in physiotherapy before moving to Delhi was turned down by the girl's father when he came to Dehradun on Wednesday along with his son to collect her marksheet of her final year examination, the institute's director Harish Arora said.
Overcome with emotion as he saw her marksheet in which she had secured 73% marks, the father said that the money amounting to Rs1.8 lakh for the four-year course should be used as scholarship to meritorious students who can't afford the fees, Arora said.
As the father looked at her daughter's marks considered by her teachers at the institute as better than most students, he said he was proud of his daughter's academic performance but would continue to miss her all his life.
"This agony will continue to haunt us as long as we are alive," he said, adding that the use of her fee money for the welfare of poor students may help his daughter's soul rest in peace.