Gang Rape Victim's Dad: Her Name Is Jyoti
Says other victims 'will find strength from my daughter'
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2013 7:14 AM CST
A young boy participates in a candlelight vigil protesting against a leader of the ruling Congress party accused of rape, in Gauhati, India, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

(Newser) – She is faceless and nameless, known only as "victim." But the father of the Indian woman who died after a brutal gang rape that stunned a nation is speaking out, and tells the Sunday Mirror that she is Jyoti Singh Pandey. “We want the world to know her real name," says Badri Singh Pandey, an airport worker who had just returned home when a Delhi hospital called to say his 23-year-old daughter had been in an "accident." "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.” Indian officials have refused to name her, and mainstream Indian media still refers to her as "Amanat," or "treasure."

While in the hospital, the father says "she did write on some paper that she wanted to live, she wanted to survive and stay with us." He says that Jyoti gave the police two statements, which he couldn't bear to listen to, but her mother stayed with her "and told me what happened. I don’t have the words to describe the incident. All I can say is they’re not human, not even animals. They’re not of this world. I hope no one ever goes through what she had to endure." He adds, “I so desperately wanted her to survive, even though she would have to live with a memory of that attack. We’re so devastated that she’s gone." Jyoti Singh Pandey's friend, 28-year-old Awindra Pandey, spoke out Friday about the attack, saying, "she tried to save me."

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Jan 6, 2013 1:30 PM CST
R.I.P. sweet Jyoti...its a shame the world had to lose such an intelligent and kind young woman. Perhaps it is some small comfort to know you may have been the martyr this world needed to finally make it wake up to just how awful this crime really is, not only to the victim..but their whole family and friends! Rape is NOT about sex or is about hate and control!
Jan 6, 2013 12:15 PM CST
The world needs to understand the brutality of rape,as men,we might not understand the terror it encompasses. Firstly,for a man to resort to rape would mean he views himself about any law,moral,religious or social obstacle from taking the right of another person in such a way.Until proper laws are put in place to allow proper punishment of such brutal acts are in place and a full understanding to why these incidents occur then the act of rape will never stop.
Jan 6, 2013 9:53 AM CST
"All I can say is they’re not human, not even animals. They’re not of this world." Unfortunately, Dad, they are of this world, but hopefully they will not be living in it for long.....