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

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 22:32

London: 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.


First Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 22:32
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