Washington, March 5 (PTI): The Delhi gang rape victim will be posthumously honoured by the US with its International Women of Courage Award for having inspired people to fight against gender-based violence.
First Lady Michelle Obama and secretary of state John Kerry will present the honours on March 8, International Women’s Day, the state department said yesterday as it announced the awards for 10 women across the world.
“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,” the statement said.
The family expressed happiness the 23-year-old paramedic student’s courage had been acknowledged by the US. “She is truly deserving of the award and we are happy her courage and bravery have been acknowledged,” the victim’s brother said over phone from the family’s ancestral home in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh.
Asked who would receive the award, he said the family had not taken a decision and a formal invitation was yet to arrive. The family received a call from the US embassy two days ago, after which three officials came to their residence in Delhi and took details, the brother said.