U.S. to honour student fatally gang raped on New Delhi bus

Published: March 5, 2013

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Female staff members of the Imperial Hotel in New Delhi attend a self-defence class in the aftermath of the gang rape of a student on a moving bus that subsequently led to her death. The victim’s courage will be honoured by the U.S. government. Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images

NEW DELHI — A woman whose gang rape on a bus and death shocked India will be honoured by the U.S. government with an International Women of Courage award for 2013.

A State Department statement said that First Lady Michelle Obama will join Secretary of State John Kerry in honouring 10 women in Washington on March 8. The others include Malalai Bahaduri from Afghanistan, Julieta Castellanos from Honduras and Tibetan author Tsering Woeser from China.

Gaurav Pandey, a brother of the 23-year-old Indian victim, says he is glad his sister’s courage is being honoured. The rape triggered widespread protests in India.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Peter Vrooman said Tuesday that the woman’s parents had provided a statement that will be read on their behalf at the Washington ceremony.

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