US to confer International Women of Courage Award to Delhi gangrape victim

New Delhi/March 5
US will confer the International Women of Courage Award posthumously to Delhi gangrape victim by US First Lady Michelle Obama and the Secretary of State John Kerry on March 8.
US State Department in a statement said that the girl will be conferred with the award on International Women’s Day on March 8. “For millions of Indian women, her personal ordeal, perseverance to fight for justice, and her family’s continued bravery is helping to lift the stigma and vulnerability that drive violence against women. She bravely recorded two police statements while in the hospital, repeatedly called for justice against the six attackers, and stated her will to survive to see justice done,” the US State Department said.
The victim, a paramedical student, was brutally raped and assaulted by six persons in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16 last year and she succumbed to the injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29.
The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk.