The distraught family of the young gang-rape victim hopes her death will contribute to making India a safer place for woman, an Indian diplomat said.
Indian High Commissioner T.C.A. Raghavan said the family was "deeply affected" by the death of the woman who was brutally raped and tortured in a moving bus in Delhi Dec 16 and left to die by a roadside.
But the family was also moved by a large number of messages of support they had received from everywhere, Raghavan told the media.
"They hope that the death of their child will lead to a better future for women in Delhi and India," he quoted them as saying.