US to honour Delhi gangrape victim,Michelle Obama to give courage award

First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry will present the award on March 8.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Washington | Published:March 6, 2013 1:29 am

The 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim will be posthumously honoured by the US with its prestigious International Women of Courage Award for inspiring people to fight against gender-based violence.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry will present the award on March 8.

“For millions of Indian women,her personal ordeal,perseverance to fight for justice,and her family’s continued bravery is helping lift the stigma and vulnerability that drive violence against women,” the US state department said on Monday,as it announced the awards for 10 women from across the world.

She bravely recorded two police statements while in hospital,repeatedly called for justice against the attackers,and stated her will to survive to see justice done,it added.

The paramedical student was raped by six men in a bus in Delhi on December 16. She died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.

In Ballia,the victim’s brother said,“She is truly deserving of the award and we are happy that her courage and bravery has been acknowledged.” He said the family had not taken a decision yet on who will go to receive the award,and a formal invitation is awaited.

The Secretary of State’s annual International Women of Courage Award recognises women who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment,often at great personal risk.

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