The family of the trainee physiotherapist who was gang-raped in Delhi last December received a new house and 3.5 million rupees (about $54,000) in compensation for their daughter’s torture and death. It’s a bounty they would rather forgo. They want their daughter’s killers dead.
“Earlier, we used to be happy with whatever little we earned,” the victim’s mother told Reuters in an interview on Sunday. “The difference now is that despite having everything, our eyes are wet all the time.”
“When we go out and see other girls smile and giggle, we think our daughter would have also smiled like this, giggled like this; those would have been such wonderful moments. It pains us deeply when we think about that,” said the victim’s father.
The family lives in a three-bedroom apartment in a middle-class suburb. One of the victim’s brothers is enrolled in an elite school; the other has been offered a job in the railways.
The apartment, a gift from the central government, feels forlorn. The family has a washing machine, a television set and some beds. A couple of plastic chairs occupy the living room. A divan sits in one of the empty bedrooms.