The brutal attack made ordinary Indians step out into the streets for the first time, to demand measures that would put an end to sexual violence. It also made activists out of the victim’s parents — Badrinath Singh and Asha Devi.
The couple lives in a fast-growing neighborhood of New Delhi, in an apartment provided by the government. The walls of their living room are bare — no photos of their daughter. But there are a few pictures and certificates with the word “Nirbhaya” written on them. They were awarded to their daughter posthumously. Nirbhaya, which means ‘fearless’ in Sanskrit, was the name given to her by the Indian media. Indian laws prohibit the naming of rape victims in the media, but in the months following the attack, her father revealed her real name (Jyoti) to give courage to other victims.
Today, the couple runs a small non-profit named after their daughter, Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust, to help other victims of rape and sexual assault."
Read article by Rhitu Chatterjee from PRI.