Her Name Was Jyoti Singh Pandey: Father Of Indian Gang Rape Victim Speaks Out

Her name was Jyoti Singh Pandey.

She was a 23-year-old medical school graduate. She was physically attacked and gang raped in Delhi, India, while riding on a bus home. Her attackers shoved a metal rod inside her, so badly damaging her insides that her intestines needed to be removed. Doctors in Singapore, where she had been flown for treatment, could not save her from her injuries, and she died on December 28.

Today her father has come forward with her name, Jyoti Singh Pandey.  He does not want his daughter to die an anonymous victim.

The UK’s Mirror tracked down Pandey’s father, Badri, in a Northern Indian village, and revealed her identity with the family’s permission.

He told the newspaper:

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.

Her father shared details about the attack which I had previously not read about, including that she was gang raped by the bus driver and five others (including one teenager) — not random folks on the bus, but the bus driver she had entrusted to safely drive her home.

There are no words. Rest in peace, Jyoti.

[Mirror UK]
[American Prospect]

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