I missed this at the weekend but the young Indian woman who was the victim of a horrific rape in India last December has finally been named. The People identified her as Jyoti Singh Pandey after her father gave his permission for her to be named.
Her father 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.”
He said: “The people of India have given us strength to cope up with our loss. I feel she’s not just my daughter but also India’s daughter. I used to read about rape incidents in the newspapers but never digested it much. We’re so thankful to the people who came out to protest against the barbarity.”
DNA tests have linked five men and a 17-year-old from the bus with rape and murder.. The 17-year-old will be tried separately as a juvenile.
Badri now hopes mothers and fathers will teach their sons to respect women. He said: “The police cannot handle this on their own. But parents need to keep an eye on their children too.”
Indian law prohibits naming a rape victim unless she authorises it or, if she is dead, her family agrees to it.
Sadly Jyoti joins the likes of Neda and Meena as dead icons. Her death was appalling.One can only hope that some change comes fro it