The BBC’s Andrew North tells us more about the Delhi rape victim.
Like the student’s family, at least two of the accused are from impoverished villages in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, and source for many of the thousands of migrants who come to Delhi every year hoping for a better life
- the same journey her father made nearly 30 years ago.
And the other men are from similar migrant backgrounds. Where they differ, though, was in what they did about it.
“We gave our all to our daughter,” her mother told us, still devastated with grief. She says she can barely leave her bed, complaining of frequent headaches and chest pains.
And their support was working: her daughter was studying at a college in Dehradun in northern India and was on course to qualify as a physiotherapist, while working overtime in a call centre.
“We never gave our sons better treatment,” said the mother. In that respect they were also different from many among India’s middle class.
Figures show they are just as likely as poorer groups to favour male children, even before they are born – and afterwards in care and medical treatment.
It means India is in a rare category – along with only China – of having higher rates of infant mortality among girls than boys.
The student’s mother also lashed out at India’s sexist attitudes, attacking the many politicians and other public figures who’ve suggested she brought the rape on herself.
One well-known spiritual guru even said she should have embraced her attackers as “brothers” to stop them assaulting her.
“Either they don’t have daughters,” her mother said, “or they are clearly backing these crimes.”