Delhi Gangrape victim honoured with US ‘Women of Courage’ Award

Mark the ‘Nirbhaya’ (Fearless) revolution against gender-based violence, the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, the victim of a brutally gang rape in a Delhi moving bus was honoured on Friday with a posthumous US “Woman of Courage” Award.

Describing Nirbhaya a woman of exceptional courage , brave, big heart and fearless, the Secretary of State John Kerry said while presenting award for her posthumously that Nirbhaya’s fight inspired people to fight against violence over women in India and around the world, reports said.

US first lady Michelle Obama also joined Kerry while presenting the awards to nine women including Delhi Braveheart who inspired widespread protests across India and became the focus of the world.

“Her bravery inspired millions of women and men to come together with a simple message: No more. No more looking the other way when gender-based violence happens. No more stigma against victims or survivors,” Kerry, said at the State Department presentation ceremony on International Women’s Day, source said.

The Award recognizes to honour the women across the globe for courage of Nirbhaya – brave heart, fearless and leadership for women’s rights.

There was no member of Delhi braveheart, Amanat’s family, none were presented on the function, then the award presented to the Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao. During awards ceremony, there were eight others who were honoured with the award.


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