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Gangrape victim's dad wants world to know her real name

January 06, 2013 14:56 IST

The 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim's devastated father says he wants the world to know his daughter's real name as it will give courage to other women who have survived such attacks, a week after the braveheart succumbed to her gruesome injuries.

Following the girl's brutal assault in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16 by six men, the Indian media has refrained from naming her. She died on December 29 at a Singapore hospital where she was shifted to from Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital in an extremely critical condition.

"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," the victim's 53-year-old father told 'The Sunday People', the Daily Mirror's Sunday edition, in his ancestral village in Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.

The girl's family has retreated to their village to grieve away from their Delhi home.

"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.

"Death for all six of them. These men are beasts. They should be made an example of and that society will not allow such things to happen," the girl's father said.

What happened to her was "just gruesome and I hope no one ever goes through what she had to endure," he said.

He now hopes mothers and fathers will teach their sons to respect women. "The police cannot handle this on their own. But parents need to keep an eye on their children too."

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