India’s Gang Rape Victim to be Awarded Posthumously by State Department

WASHINGTON, DC: The 23-year-old woman who was gang raped in a bus in New Delhi in December, and died because of the injuries sustained in that attack, will be honored posthumously by the United States with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award on March 8th here.

The unidentified woman, who has been named as ‘Nirbhaya’ (meaning Fearless) by the State Department, is among 10 extraordinary women who will be honored that day by First Lady Michelle Obama, and Secretary of State John Kerry at the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.

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. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored 67 women from 45 countries.

In naming her to the award, the State Department says the courageous 23-year-old physiotherapy intern whose brutal gang rape on a moving bus in Delhi in December inspired widespread protests, “has become the foundation of a popular movement to end violence against women in India.”