Indian gang-rape victim is named as Jyoti Singh Pandey
Student’s grieving father names his daughter as boyfriend condemns police 'dithering'
THE medical student whose death after a brutal gang rape sparked protests across India has been named by her father as Jyoti Singh Pandey.
Badri Singh Pandey, 53, told the Sunday People he wanted his daughter’s name known worldwide to give "courage" to other young women who had survived similar savage attacks.
"My daughter didn’t do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself," Pandy told the paper. "I am proud of her."
Jyoti's father said he wanted the men responsible for his daughter’s death to be hanged, describing them as "beasts".
Meanwhile, the student's boyfriend has spoken for the first time about their ordeal after they were lured onto a bus they thought would take them home after a screening of the movie The Life of Pi.
He says both he and his girlfriend were beaten with the iron bar that the gang inserted into Jyoti's body, causing fatal injuries to internal organs. They were "dumped naked" in the street where their calls for help were ignored by passers-by, The Times reports.
The young man, who has not been named, criticises Delhi police who he says took an hour to arrive on the scene and "dithered" for 30 minutes before taking the badly injured couple to hospital. Describing the brutality of the attack, the man said "even animals don’t behave like that".
The five men charged with the rape and murder of the student will make their first appearance in court tomorrow. Prosecutors are still trying to determine if a sixth man implicated in the crime is a juvenile, in which case he will be charged with a lesser offence.
Public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan has told the judge hearing the case that the accused tried to burn their clothes after the attack in an attempt to destroy evidence, says The Guardian. But remnants of the garments were found to have traces of the dead student's blood. ·