INDIA – What’s in a name? A lot, if you ask an Indian rape victim’s father. The 23-year old victim was gang raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi, India last month and tragically died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.
Now, her father, Badri, wants her name revealed to the public – and here it is: Jyoti Singh Pandey.
The father released her name to the British newspaper Sunday People, which is a big deal. In India, rape victims’ names are usually withheld to protect the victim’s family, since the victims are the ones on the receiving end of social stigma.
But Badri told a British newspaper that he wants her name public so that she can be an inspiration to other sexual assault victims. Jyoti’s father says that his daughter didn’t do anything wrong, adding that she died while protecting herself.
Badri has also called for new laws against sex crimes to be named in honor of his daughter. Speaking of sex crimes, five men have been charged with rape, murder, and kidnapping in the gruesome gang rape. DNA tests also linked a 17-year old to the assault, who will be tried separately as a juvenile.
One thing’s for sure. The whole world is watching and waiting for justice.