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Attack has awakened Indian society: Gang-rape victim's father

Wednesday, 9 January 2013 - 9:52pm IST | Agency: PTI
The bereaved father of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim has said that the horrific assault on his daughter has "brought an awakening" to the Indian society and appealed to the nation not to turn a blind eye to attacks on women.

The bereaved father of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim has said that the horrific assault on his daughter has "brought an awakening" to the Indian society and appealed to the nation not to turn a blind eye to attacks on women.

The father said that although he knew that his daughter was "in a bad state" after she was attacked by six men in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, he still believed she might recover after she was taken to a hospital in Singapore.

She died on December 29 at a Singapore hospital where she was shifted to from Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital in an extremely critical condition.

"When we went to Singapore she was not conscious but she had tears in her eyes. Then I realised she was in a really bad state," the father was quoted by the British ITV1 channel as saying.

"I couldn't think what to do at that time, I was like a bird without wings, I was neither here nor there. So when I thought she might get better, I used to get filled with some hope. When I was told that she might not get well and might have to have an operation I felt uncomfortable," the father said.

"It was difficult for me, but when she was put on a ventilator it gave me some hope that she would get better. I thought she might get better and she would live," he said.

The father of the victim said that his daughter's death 13 days after the horrific attack has "brought an awakening" to the Indian society and called for his country to no longer turn a blind eye to attacks on women.

The father said that he would like to see a new law or a hospital named after his daughter, the Daily Mail reported.

Describing his daughter, he said: "When she was born my aunties and uncles always used to carry her around, those were really lovely days."

"Right from the start her ambition was to be a doctor. Her main aim was that our family wouldn't have to suffer any more, she wanted to put the difficult life behind us, wipe out our poverty. She also wanted to make sure I didn't have to keep working hard late in life," he added.

The channel posted the father's picture with his name. It also revealed the victim's name.

The Indian media has refrained from naming her.

Indian law forbids revealing of the name of a rape victim unless her family agrees to it.

Since her death, the girl's family has retreated to their village Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.


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