India's 'braveheart' has the 'magic to make everyone happy', recalls friend
NEW DELHI (AFP) - Feted in death as India's 'Braveheart', the 23-year-old whose gang rape rocked a nation is remembered by family and friends as a fearless and inspirational student with a fierce determination.
The story of a young woman whose father had moved from the countryside to the city and sold his ancestral land to help fund her studies, resonated with the dreams of millions of Indians her age.
She enrolled four years ago on a physiotherapy course in Dehradun, a city in the foothills of the Himalayas, and was doing an internship at a Delhi hospital when she was fatally attacked on board a bus in December last year.
Her father, a baggage handler at the capital's airport who earned US$200 (S$254) a month, had sold plots of land in the old family home in Uttar Pradesh to pay for her course in the hope of producing the family's first professional.