The victim’s parents have started a trust in their daughter’s name to provide legal and financial help to victims of sexual assault and other crimes, as well as fund the education of underprivileged girls, among others. Her mother is the chairperson of the trust, her first job. Her father, who used to work as a porter at the Delhi airport, now has a desk job with the same airline.
The family has moved into a two-room MIG flat in Dwarka, given to them as part of the government compensation.
Her photograph and a shelf have been adorned with medals conferred on her.
A damp two-room basement quarter used to be the family’s previous home, where they would put the quilts out to dry in the sun everyday and water would flood the rooms during monsoon.
Her elder brother was attending a private coaching institute in 2012 to prepare for engineering entrance exams. Now 22, he is studying at an engineering college after losing almost two years. He was given a clerical job by the government in the railway ministry after the incident, but he quit barely after a month. “He wanted to become a pilot and requested senior leaders to get him a seat. But that did not work out. He was not satisfied with the job, so he quit, went back to his studies and sat for engineering entrance exams last year,” his mother said.
Her younger brother has quit the government school where he was studying in 2012 after he was offered admission by a prominent private school in South Delhi. He wants to be a doctor and will sit for entrance exams in 2015.
The victim’s friend and the only eyewitness in the case declined to speak. He quit his job as a software engineer months after the incident, took up a new job and has also started his own NGO, Jagriti, in his hometown Gorakhpur.
He has moved out of his old house.
Dr B D Athani
When the incident took place, he was the medical superintendent of Safdarjung hospital where the victim was treated before being flown to Singapore where she died. Dr Athani said December for him will always bring back memories of the incident, and the fight and struggle of doctors to keep her alive, at the same time counsel her parents and family.
A doctor at Safdarjung hospital, a witness in the case who requested anonymity, said the case won’t be forgotten, “not in a long, long time”. “This is the kind of case you discuss with your future students and they with their own juniors, it gets passed on. The brutality was unimaginable, worse than cases we have read in trauma surgery textbooks from accidents or even war crimes. I will never forget the reaction to the first X-ray reports when she was rushed in, we could not believe the intestine was missing, we thought our reports were wrong,” he said.
Vinay Sharma (22): He has been lodged in Tihar’s jail No. 7. He does not speak to anyone.
Mukesh Singh (28): Brother of accused Ram Singh who committed suicide inside the jail, he hardly talks to anyone.
He is lodged in jail No. 5. Mukesh keeps to himself, spending most of his time reading books.
Akshay Thakur (30): He only talks to family members when they visit him. He follows the jail routine and spends most of his time alone.
Juvenile: Just six months short of turning 18 when he committed the crime, he is in a juvenile correctional home and is likely to be released this year. He is serving the mandatory three-year term for juvenile criminals.
Dinesh Yadav was the owner of the bus in which the 23-year-old woman was gangraped. Police registered a case of forgery and cheating against him. Police found that he had got his fleet of 10 private buses illegally registered with the Transport department by citing in his documents an address he had not been living at. The permits of all the buses were cancelled and he was jailed. His friend Ram Niwas Yadav said, “Dinesh got out of jail earlier this year. His business collapsed overnight after the incident. He has two small daughters, who he is bringing up on money borrowed from relatives.”