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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1588

Father names Delhi gang-rape victim’s name

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 07 January ( :

Flying in face of the ban on revealing the identity of the Delhi braveheart, who succumbed to injuries sustained fighting six rapists, her father Badri Singh Pandey has given the permission to reveal her name: Jyoti Singh Pandey.

In an interview to The Sunday People, the 53-year-old Badri said: “We want the world to know her real name. My daughter didn’t do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself. I am proud of her. Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks. They will find strength from my daughter.”

Badri along with his family has been living in his ancestral village of Billia in Uttar Pradesh ever since the gruesome incident. They have retreated there to grieve away from their Delhi home – a place that will constantly remind them of the barbaric sexual attack on his only daughter Jyoti, 23, and her friend, who survived the attack.

Though Badri's wife Asha, 46, was too shell-shocked to talk to reporters, Badri said, “At first I wanted to see the men responsible face to face but I don’t want to any more. I just want to hear that the courts have punished them and they will be hanged."

Demanding "death for all six of them", Badri, who works as a loader at the Delhi airport, said, "These men are beasts. They should be made an example of and that society will not allow such things to happen.”

Recalling the night of horror, Badri said: “When I first saw her she was in the bed with her eyes closed. I put my hand on her forehead and called her name. She slowly opened her eyes and started crying and said she was in pain. I held my tears. I told her not to worry, have strength and everything will be all right.”

“She cried a lot, she was in a lot of pain. And as soon as she saw her mother and brothers she cried again. But she was a courageous girl, even trying to console us and give us hope that everything will be all right,” said Badri in the interview.

Clearly denying that Jyoti’s friend who was with her when the attack took place, Awindra, was not her boyfriend, Badri said he is just a very brave friend who tried to save her. There was no question of her marrying because we belong to different castes." “Moreover, she never expressed a desire to marry. She was concentrating on her studies and wanted a job first,” he added.

Jyoti had only just finished her four-year course in physiotherapy at college outside Delhi. She was doing an internship when she was attacked.

She was moved to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore to seek medical treatment before her death. As Jyoti battled for life, thousands took to the streets to demand the hanging of the six accused and a new anti-rape law. But three days later on December 29 she had a fatal heart attack. Five of the six rapists have been formally charged with the murder, kidnap and gang rape of the paramedical student by the Delhi Police.

Badri’s face lit up when he spoke of Jyoti’s dreams and invited us to look through his family album. Each photo showed his beautiful daughter smiling. In most she is wears western clothes, which she favoured over the traditional sari. She also always wore her long, dark shiny hair down and flowing – never tied up. But in respect with Badri’s wishes, releasing a photo of hers is for another day. At the moment it is enough for the devastated family to sanction the release to the world of their precious daughter’s name.

What IPC says on revealing rape victim's name:

According to the Indian Penal Code, the disclosure of identity of the victim of certain offences etc. can be made -

a) by or under the order in writing of the officer-in-charge of the police station or the police officer making the investigation into such offence acting in good faith for the purposes of such investigation; or

b) by, or with the authorisation in writing of, the victim; or

c) where the victim is dead or minor or of unsound mind, by, or with the authorization in writing of, the next of kin of the victim (This is the provision under which the revelation has been made)

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