» Delhi gang rape victim Jyoti Singh ( Damini)- Untold story

Delhi gang rape victim’s father: I want the world to know my daughter’s name is Jyoti Singh

Devastated dad tells The Sunday People he hopes revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived such attacks

Badri Singh, father of Jyoti Singh.

Badri Singh, father of Jyoti Singh.

She is known to the world only as India’s Daughter following her sickening gang rape and murder .

But today, with permission of her devastated father, we can reveal her name: Jyoti Singh.

Brave dad Badri, 53, told The Sunday People : “We want the world to know her real name.

“My daughter didn’t do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself.

“I am proud of her. Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks. They will find strength from my daughter.”

We interviewed Badri and his family in his ancestral village of Billia in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Badri Singh, father of Jyoti Singh, with his family

Badri Singh, father of Jyoti Singh, with his family

They have retreated there to grieve away from their Delhi home – a place that will constantly remind them of the barbaric sexual attack Jyoti, 23, was subjected to when she and a male friend were lured on to a bus .

His wife Asha, 46, was too shell-shocked to talk to us.

Badri said: “At first I wanted to see the men responsible face to face but I don’t want to any more. I just want to hear that the courts have punished them and they will be hanged.

“Death for all six of them. These men are beasts. They should be made an example of and that society will not allow such things to happen.”

Recalling the day he found out about his only daughter’s ordeal, Badri said he had just returned home after 10:30pm on December 16 from his shift at Delhi airport where he works as a loader.

His wife was worried after Jyoti, a medical school graduate, had not returned home from the cinema.

Badri said: “We started calling her mobile and her friend’s mobile but there was no answer.

“Then at 11.15pm we got a call from the hospital in Delhi telling me my daughter had been in an accident.”

Badri asked a friend to take him on a motorbike.

He said: “When I first saw her she was in the bed with her eyes closed.

“I put my hand on her forehead and called her name. She slowly opened her eyes and started crying and said she was in pain.

“I held my tears. I told her not to worry, have strength and everything will be all right.”

At the time Badri still didn’t know what had happened. A policeman finally explained. Jyoti and her friend Awindra Pandey, 28, had boarded a bus to get home but had been taken on a two-and-a-half hour ride to hell by the driver, his assistant and four passengers.

Both were battered with iron bars and Jyoti was repeatedly raped before they were stripped and dumped on a road leading to Delhi airport – yards from where Badri was working.

He said: “I immediately called my wife and sons and told them to come to the hospital. But I couldn’t tell them about the rape.”

For the first ten days Jyoti was in and out of consciousness and it was hopeful she would survive. Badri said: “Doctors did their best to save her. She spoke a few times but mostly through gestures. She had a feeding pipe in her mouth making it difficult for her to speak.

But she did write on some paper that she wanted to live, she wanted to survive and stay with us. But it was fate that had the last say in the end.”

Jyoti gave the police two statements, but Badri was too distraught to sit in as he couldn’t listen to what his daughter had been subjected to.

Five men have been formally charged with the murder, kidnap and gang rape of Jyoti

Five men have been formally charged with the murder, kidnap and gang rape of Jyoti

“My wife was with her through the statements but she cried so much after hearing it all,” Badri said.

“She then told me what happened. I don’t have the words to describe the incident. All I can say is they’re not human, not even animals. They’re not of this world.

“It was just gruesome and I hope no one ever goes through what she had to endure.

“She cried a lot, she was in a lot of pain. And as soon as she saw her mother and brothers she cried again.

“But after that she was a courageous girl, even trying to console us and give us hope that everything will be all right.”

Doctors were forced to remove Jyoti’s intestines and as her conditioned worsened, they flew her to Singapore for specialist care on Boxing Day.

Badri said: “I told her everything would be OK and we’ll soon be back home. She was excited when we talked about going home and she smiled.

“I put my hand on her forehead, she asked me if I’d had any dinner and then she gestured for me to go to sleep. I held her hand and kissed it. I told her to take rest and not to worry and she closed her eyes.”


As Jyoti battled for life, thousands took to the streets to demand the hanging of the six accused and a new anti-rape law. But three days later on December 29 she had a fatal heart attack.

Badri said: “I so desperately wanted her to survive, even though she would have to live with a memory of that attack and get through her trauma.

“We’re so devastated that she’s gone. There’s a huge void in our lives. She was the centre of our universe. Our lives revolved around her.

“Her absence is so painful, a future without her is unimaginable.”

Badri said Jyoti’s friend Awindra was not her boyfriend – just a very brave friend who tried to save her.

He said: “There was no question of her marrying because we belong to different castes.

“She never expressed a desire to marry. She was concentrating on her studies and wanted a job first.”

Badri also revealed that Jyoti often mentioned how much Awindra tried to save her.

“She kept telling her mother he tried his best to help but they kept beating him with a rod.”

Badri now cherishes the memories of his daughter. He remembers her dream of being a doctor.

He said: “I told her I can’t afford to pay for her to do such subjects but she was determined. She wanted to be a doctor and earn lots of money and go overseas a lot.”

When Badri first moved to Delhi in 1983 he earned just 150 Rupees a month – the equivalent of £1.70 today.

But he sold some land to pay for his daughter’s studies and saved as much as possible from his 5,700 Rupees (£65) a month he now earns.

Badri said: “It’s hard living in Delhi on my wages, very hard. But Jyoti always said she would change all of that. She wanted to change our lives once she got a job.”

Jyoti had only just finished her four-year course in physiotherapy at college outside Delhi. She was doing an internship when she was attacked.

Her brothers, Gaurav Singh, 20, and Saurav Singh, 15, were close to their big sister and cannot image how they will cope.

Gaurav said: “Life is going to be so difficult without her. Without her guidance I don’t know what to do or how to go about life again.”

Badri and all the family have been touched by the way the nation has supported them.

He said: “The people of India have given us strength to cope up with our loss. I feel she’s not just my daughter but also India’s daughter.

“I used to read about rape incidents in the newspapers but never digested it much. We’re so thankful to the people who came out to protest against the barbarity.”

DNA tests have linked five men and a 17-year-old from the bus with rape and murder. The men will appear at the District Court in the Saket area of the Indian capital tomorrow . The 17-year-old will be tried separately as a juvenile.

Badri now hopes mothers and fathers will teach their sons to respect women.

He said: “The police cannot handle this on their own. But parents need to keep an eye on their children too.”

Badri’s face lit up when he spoke of Jyoti’s dreams and invited us to look through his family album. Each photo showed his beautiful daughter smiling. In most she is wears western clothes, which she favoured over the traditional sari. She also always wore her long, dark shiny hair down and flowing – never tied up.

In respect with Badri’s wishes he has asked us not to picture her.

Releasing a photo of her is for another day.

Indian law prohibits naming a rape victim unless she authorises it or, if she is dead, her family agrees to it.

At the moment it is enough for the devastated family to sanction the release to the world of their precious daughter’s name. And they hope a hospital will one day be named in her honour .


Saket Fast tarck court declare the judgement on 13 sep 2013

52 thoughts on “» Delhi gang rape victim Jyoti Singh ( Damini)- Untold story

  1. wow, what can I say this is a great article! you had an exclusive interview with Jyoti’s Father , that is amazing I have been looking for this for quite a while now. I hope that God is watching this family and will guide them and help them to recover from this incident. I cannot believe that Jyoti is a strong person and still want to live after all that have happened to her. She is really courageous I admire her.


  2. may your pray listen some noble god ,goddess , saint

    from the very ancient time one curse is coming on . even gods and devatas ‘s souls were also affected by the curse of evil thoughts of KAMA (sex) and KAM(sex) . ( kama and kam words are not used for any person or any soul )

    when any god or anyone would had created male and female ,some god would had invented the sex and thoughts of sex (kam) for the birth for childrens .at those times it may be the requirement for the birth of childrens . but after words became curse . and was misused and was used as a tool for the destructions .

    if there would had been no evil thoughts of sex(kama ) which causes insult and hates . never no one would had been insulted and evil thoughts was the main cause of every quarrel, every insult and every destructions .

    if at those ancients times some wise ,noble peoples , god would had thought of evil effects and would had taken wise decissions for the betterment for others , no ramayana, no mahabhartha , no war ,no fight ,no quarrels , in puranic (ancients) times and now nothing would had/have not taken place .and many and many peoples would had not become the victims .

    every one was not born with the nature’s good grace of good qualities and the good fate and luck to have good inteligence , good wisdom , good qualities , and circuimstances not to commiting ever any mistakes or sins . the peoples , gods , devtas , souls , which were doing bad ,wrong things and cruelities were also victim of bad fate and bad qualities , bad wisdim ( बुदधि ) .

    A PRAY to NATURE and EARTH —-

    never anyone suffer from the evil thoughts of KAMA and KAM and evil wisdom , evil thoughts be change into good and noble of every soul ,every molecules of souls ,where ever it may be ,even in any atom under earth or any part of earth , universe, any kind of hell. . each and every molecule which are taken from humans , souls and be the humans again on the earth as were naturally origanaly . every human , soul, molecule get the good wisedom ,good intelegence not to commeiting any sin , not doing wrong bad, not doing anything which cause insult to anyone which makes anyone angry , there be no bad words, no bad thoughts, no hates , no sins, no vengeances, no quarrels , no life lose. be respect for every one in every soul, human, kundalini , every molecule .there be no any soul, molecule, creatuers, with any kind of suffering , pain , punishment , or any torturings in any kind of hell and under earth or any where in universe ..

    every human every soul ,every molecule either good or bad , angle or evil , sinner , demon , god or devil every creature , every one want to live as a good humanbeing


  3. aslamualikam
    i.m pakistani and what a article…what a great father and great evils….the very heart touching story but today i want to give a great salute to indain natain that they help her father….a great salute to father…..and i think a great role by her freind whom beaten by rod…..great salutes for all…
    inshallah allah will give alot satisfaction to her father and family…


  4. I am realy grateful to god for listning our prayers and gvng justce to damini.. There crimnals should b hanged.. So that evry men can come to knw dt girls are not just for use.. N ths wil mke them remind dt how badly they wil be punshd bfre doing this shameful act.. Hats off to damini n battle for lyf.


  5. even i read somewhere dat, they beat on her face and private parts with their shoes, and everyone tried to do oral sex with her,

    wat a bad thing??? these men’s private parts shud b cut,but atleast i hope that the govt, hang them soon publicly, including juvenile. they r having nice biryani food sitting in jails, they are bastards and the ridiculous thing is their mothers now praying gods, and cursing law and govt.


  6. To,
    jyoti’s father,
    we got justice on behalf of jyoti.. She is india’s daughter. I know jyoti is not here. She is in our heart. I cant feel that emptiness of her but i m also ur daughter just like jyoti.
    Your little daughter


  7. Jyoti its our 50% win after the sentence of death for the five beasts. 1 is alive when he will be no more the percentage will be 60%. 40% win will come when this kind of crime will be finally end. I dont no whether it will be happen or not. Jyoti I Promise to you I will never let it happen infront of me with any girl, woman. for this i will giveup everything to save. I will not see who is infront of me. This is my trebuet for you

    Abhishek Shashank
    A comman man

    Jyoti Sing
    A Brave Girl


  8. we shud punish dem on their mai part to make dem a realise dt pain wen a gal feels wen she raped by smone,,,,,,,,,,I hate dem dogs………….bloody dogs……..


  9. jyoti jesa tumara nam vesa tum ne kiya…tum ladi or akhir me jeet b tumari hui,par tum zindagi ki jang har gai…..
    umeed krte h ki humari is jang se india k kanoon strict ho…….par aj b har roj hazaro ladkiya mar rai h…par police kuch nai krti!


  10. Please hang the so-called juvenile along with the other 4 condemned men. He raped her twice and participated in the brutality. Serve justice, unless you want God to keep sending cyclones, floods and earthquakes to India. You can escape man’s justice, but you can never escape God, in this life or the next.


  11. People like u r also rsponsible fr such mishap… if u r directing girls to stay in their limits then my dear bro giv sm advice to males too….
    Dnt u frgt u too mst b having sis n mother n they wud also go out….. commment u made wud giv strength to sch beast n on tht day u wont think like the way u r thinking rite now…….. think b’fr u speak.


  12. Main bus itna hi kahoongi ki ladko se dar ke girls kyun sacrifice kare .agar badalna hi h to parents ko change hona chahiye.apne ladko ko girls ki respect karna shikhana chahiye.we are free.


  13. are anil saini ji kya 5 saal 2 saal ki choti bachhiyo ko b maryanda sikhaoge kya ya aj jo ek baap apni beti ke sath rape kr rha h ye sb kya h? manna he hoga ki bharat abi bhi rules regulations ke mamle me bhut he peche hai.kanoon bnane se kuch nhe hone wala h.naitikta khatm ho chuke h.


  14. Sir/mam, can I get address and mobile number of his dad. I wish to visit her place in balia. Please help me and do the need full. Viraj Kawdiya, founder president, yuvashakti foundation Jalgoan(M.S.)425001. Mb.-094222 22699.


  15. Sir/mam, can I get address and mobile number of his dad. I wish to visit her place in balia. Please help me and do the need full. Viraj Kawdiya, founder president, yuvashakti foundation Jalgoan(M.S.)425001. Mb.-094222 22699


  16. Un kutto ko aisi saza dilao ki koi bhi aisa karne se pehle 10 bar soche. Main bhagwan se prarthna karta hu ki jyoti didi ki aatma ko shanti mile aur un kutto ko tadpa-tadpa ke mare.good morning


  17. Just want to say . jyoti is a fighter girl of indian history..memorable for every indian great sallute to jyoti .his friend and family …


  18. really a great salute to ur family… n u jyoti ……..ur bravery teaches a lesson to all the people.. thats why the whole world had cried for u really u are the gem of the world ….i think ur parents are the luckiest parents in the world that they had a daughter like u ……
    u r the starting of changes should be occured in the indian law as well as the feeling and respect in the people ……..
    a great salute to u….
    all wrld love u ….where ever u r be happy as if u will be happy may ur family also become happy…


  19. we are made the movie BASED ON DELHI GANG RAPE this movie I am happy to introduce myself as the Writer, Director and Producer of the film “Aaj ki Freedom” that is based on the gruesome incident that took place on the night of 16th December 2012. The Film has been censored . I chose the incidence of Delhi gang rape as the subject of my movie because it breaks my heart to imagine how the poor girl was treated as worse than an animal. No human being in his right senses would treat even a stray animal like this. A documentary on television has been aired twice but I wanted to break the subject on the silver-screen to bring out the lifetime pain of Jyoti. I made no attempt to show the glamorous exposure and kept the movie very clean and I emphasize that this is not an entertainment movie but based on real sufferance; sufferance by the victim and by her family. As a maker of this particular subject I would say that the movie is a Non-Entertainer. The main motive behind making this film is to make the audience feel the pain of the victim. When people will watch the movie they will witness how dreadful it was for the victim and for the family. Through the film I would like to make a point for women’s safety, security and empowerment as the true freedom for our Nation. Since you have done so much for the victim and have been at the forefront of the movement to make Delhi a safer place for women, Thanking you, Don Goutham


  20. mai aaj b wo din yaad karta hu yho meri ankho me ansu a jate hai. jo jypti k sath hua usi mpnth mai mera birthday ata hai.wo day wo san humesha yaad rahegi.


  21. jyoti I just wanna hug u and tell u tht tum bohot bahaadur thi…I will try my best k main jo ladkiyo k sath ho rha hai unhe us se bachaa saku… main apni aankho k samne galat ho rahe ko to zaroor rokunga.. RIP tume is duniya me fir na ana padey…..


  22. Death is too easy. These men should be casterated, & to remain in prison to rot, hard labour. The 17yrs old, he is no child, he knew exactly what he was doing. He obviously didn’t think he was a child at the time. Should be treated as an adult. When he is out, his photoes should be posted to every corner of the country & his deeds known to everyone, & let nature play its part.


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  24. May god bless her soul..whole world is still crying for you damini..May god will give strength to her family to survive


  25. may your pray listen some noble soul , god ,goddess , saint

    Ladies souls are being made to rape under earth and even souls ‘s souls are brought and some thing is given in stomach and it is happening under under and the stomachs, happening for revenges . in my eyes was seen a human body was pushed into holes , under groung in earth
    , how humans are born same way sending back .
    is it not shame full even for great humans are doing like such kind of things for revenges . please requests you to request and pray to stop ans save every soul .
    what ever punishment is should be given on the earth only infront of all .



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