A 23-year-old victim of an extremely brutal gang-rape in Delhi, who died last weekend and was thus far known as "India's Daughter" among other pseudonyms, was identified for the first time by a British newspaper with the consent of her father, who wants the world to know her real name.
Jyoti Singh Pandey is her real name, the victim's father, identified as Badri Singh Pandey, told The Sunday People. "We want the world to know her real name. My daughter didn't do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself," he was quoted as saying on Saturday.
"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," said the father, who was interviewed by the newspaper in his ancestral village of Billia in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. more >>
Passers-by looked on, and police wasted time discussing jurisdiction, as the India gang-rape victim and her male friend lay naked and bleeding by the road after being thrown off a moving bus, the victim's companion recalls. Her brother says timely help could have saved her life.
A shameful police and public apathy preceded the ongoing widespread protests over last month's gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi – who later succumbed to injuries from an assault that involved penetration of a blunt, rusted iron object, said the victim's friend, who spoke for the first time to a private Indian channel, Zee News, on Friday.
"We were without clothes. We tried to stop passers-by," he said. "Several auto rickshaws, cars and bikes slowed down but none stopped for about 25 minutes. Then, someone on patrolling stopped and called the police," who arrived about 45 minutes later. more >>
A week after the death of a young woman who died after being gang-raped in India, her male friend disclosed details to the media of what happened the night of the "brutal" attack.
"Many things have come out in the media, but people have been interpreting it as per their convenience. I want to tell them what we faced that night. I want to tell what I faced, what my friend faced," the friend, who remains unnamed, told Zee News.
It was Dec. 16 when the unnamed 23-year-old woman and her male friend were looking for a ride home after watching "Life of Pi" at a mall in New Delhi. more >>
An Indian congressman was publicly stripped and beaten by a mob of men and women on Jan. 3 before being taken into police custody for allegedly raping a married woman in her home in Santipur, Assam.
Congressman Bikram Singh Brahma of India's Chirang district allegedly broke into a residence and raped a woman in the early hours of Jan. 2 while visiting Santipur, according to the police report filed by the woman's husband.
The grieving father of a 23-year-old woman, who died last week after being brutally gang-raped and assaulted in a moving bus in India's national capital, says when he last spoke to her in the hospital on Christmas, she gestured she was going to heaven.
"She gestured with her fingers that she was going to heaven," BBC quoted the father, a Hindu by religion and whose name is being withheld, as saying on Wednesday, the day before police were expected to formally charge five of the six suspects, aged between 18 and 35, with rape and murder.
Amid calls for capital punishment for all the accused, the sixth accused has claimed he is juvenile and police are conducting tests to determine his real age. more >>
India has marked the New Year with subdued and somber celebrations in response to the rape crisis protesters say are sweeping the capital, New Delhi, while government institutions have canceled celebrations throughout the country and abroad.
Sonia Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress, has said there would be no official party to mark the New Year's, while army divisions, the government of the major Punjab and Haryana provinces, and Indian embassies abroad have all canceled their annual parties, according to Bloomberg News.
The decisions are in response to the growing public anger at the rape crisis unfolding in New Delhi, where women are often targeted and receive little protection. The recent death of a 23-year-old woman who was raped in a violent attack on a Delhi bus has ignited tensions in the world's second most populous country, with protests erupting around the city trying to bring the spotlight on a problem that people say has not received enough attention. more >>