The Delhi “brave heart” who died on Saturday came from a humble family, originally from Uttar Pradesh, and gave tuitions to pay her school and college fees.

Born into a family from Ballia, the young woman, the family’s friends said, was hard-working. Sources close to the family said they moved here a quarter century ago and settled in a middle-class neighbourhood in South-West Delhi, where she was born 23 years ago.

Seeing her academic brilliance, her father took loans to finance her higher studies. After her education, she went to Dehra Dun to train as a physiotherapist. She returned to Delhi and started as an intern at a private hospital in North Delhi.

As she was the eldest child, her family was convinced that her success in academics would inspire her younger brothers too. “Like any family they dreamt of their daughter getting a better job and a better salary.”

The dreams were shattered when she became victim to the brutal gang-rape on December 16, the beginning of a 13-day agonising struggle for life that ended in her death in Singapore on Saturday. — IANS

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