Berlin, Dec 3: A 23-year-old female student was battered to death for trying to stop a group of men from harassing two women. The shocking death of Tugce Albayrak, a woman of Turkish origin, provoked protests across Germany and the president of the country, Joachim Gauck, describing her as a "role model". There was a growing demand to grant the victim with a posthumous bravery award. [Delhi gangrape 2012]
Albayrak's parents had told the doctors to turn off her life-support system after they were told that she was brain dead and would never regain consciousness. The life-support system was switched off on Friday, which also marked her 23rd birthday.
Media reports said the tragic incident occurred outside a fast-food restaurant in the town of Offenbach, near Frankfurt, on November 15. Albayrak intervened after hearing cries for help from toilet of the fast-food restaurant, earning the wrath of one of the men who were harassing the women.
She was beaten up mercilessly with a bat and was seen lying unconscious on the ground. Nobody dared to save the braveheart. She was in coma for two weeks before
An 18-year-old man of Serbian origin was taken to custody in connection to the incident and confessed to hitting the young student. The women whom Albayrak tried to save were yet to give statements to the police, a BBC report said.
In December 2012, a 23-year-old student was brutally gangraped in a moving bus in New Delhi, the capital of India, while she was returning with a male friend home after watching a movie late in the night. The woman, who was given the name of Nirbhaya (the fearless), struggled for her life for two weeks before she succumbed to her grave injuries in a hospital in Singapore. The incident resulted in a massive protest in the country and also saw changes in the country's law to punish culprits.