Delhi gangrape trial: Fight of brave father for 'braveheart'

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Stop calling my daughter a victim," the father of the Delhi gang-rape victim appealed to the media, as the trial of the case started in New Delhi on Tuesday, Feb 5.

The father of the 23-year-old women said that his daughter should be called "daughter of the nation", during a press conference on Tuesday. The visibly tired father said he didn't want his daughter to remain anonymous. "I want the world to know her name. She has awakened the nation's consciousness."

However, Indian legal system does not allow the name of the victim to be revealed. Earlier, the father in an interview to British publication The Sunday People, said: "We want the world to know her real name. My daughter didn't do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself."

Protest against Delhi gangrape

"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 was quoted as saying.

As he wants his daughter to be called as "daughter of the nation", the father of the 23-year-old paramedical student himself displayed enormous bravery, which is not easy for a person who is
facing enormous tragedy. "It hurts me. She should be called the country's brave daughter," the father said.

In spite of all odds, the father retained his composure, refused to bow down, as he continued his demand for justice for his daughter.

"I want all six of them to be hanged. We will go to the court and pursue the case till the end," he said, with his son by his side. Along with the five culprits, the father wanted the juvenile accused to be hanged.

After almost 50 days of the horrific incident where the student was brutally gang-raped and assaulted by six men in a moving in the national capital, a fast-track court in New Delhi on Tuesday started the trial against the five accused in the Delhi gang-rape case.

The sixth accused has been declared as a juvenile by Juvenile Justice (JJ) Board on the basis of his school certificate. The 17-year-old accused will be tried by the board.

"If convicted, he will spend a maximum of three years in a reformatory," states JJ Act.

The man (father), who sacrificed everything to provide education to his daughter to help her realise her dreams of becoming a professional requested journalist to respect the grief-stricken family's privacy. The family has been constantly hounded by the media after the incident happened on Dec 16, 2012.

"I have not slept for the past three days. I don't get time to sleep during the day because we keep getting media people at home," he said.

As the head of the family expressed his anguish in public, his young son came to the front to carry on the "flag" of courage and tenacity of the family in time of crisis.

"This should be dealt as a special case and he should also receive the maximum punishment like the others," the brother of the "braveheart" told mediapersons.

Now in honour of the woman, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) had asked for the approval of the family to name its proposed science museum in RK Puram after the braveheart's name.

The 20-year old brother of the braveheart said, "Initially, I thought that if she gets fine she will face social stigma." "Think of it just like an accident my father told me. It's not like didi (sister) has done anything wrong."

Brother expressed satisfaction that their entire village in Balia, Uttar Pradesh are supporting the family. "People back in the village also were supportive and said this can happen to anyone," he said.

The ordeal of the family, whose daughter died in a Singapore hospital as she suffered multiple-organ damages on Dec 29, 2012 has just began.

The father said the family won't rest, till all the six accused are hanged. He said the law should be amended so that the juvenile attacker could also be hanged.

Regarding the financial support given by government, the father said "We have received Rs.15 lakh from the Delhi government," he said. "But the money cannot make up for our loss."

The victim's male friend, who was on the private bus where both were assaulted testified before the court. Media reports say the 28-year-old software arrived at the Saket courts complex at around 11am in a wheelchair to record his statement on Tuesday. The male friend is still undergoing treatment for his injuries.

Police have charged the five accused under 13 sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC): sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt).

All five have pleaded not guilty.

Five accused are Vinay Sharma, Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Kumar. The identity of the juvenile has not been revealed by the police.

The entire incident shocked the nation and people came out in the open to protest against the rape and murder of the woman. In the wake of the large-scale protests, government formed Justice JS Verma committee to suggest strict laws to fight against crime against women.

The government has recently formulated Anti-Rape Ordinance based on the suggestions of Verma panel.

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