The father of a young Indian woman who died after being gang-raped on a bus has spoken for the first time describing his daughter as determined and brave.
The 23-year-old New Delhi medical student, who cannot be named for legal reasons, aspired to build a hospital in her ancestral village after completing her degree.
"My daughter was very adamant on what it was she wanted.
"She always wanted to be a doctor and was sure of it."
Her father said the victim was only able to talk to her mother in bits after the attack.
"One day she held her mother and whispered, 'Mummy, I'm sorry, I'm sorry,'" he said.
She died of organ failure in a Singapore Hospital on Saturday after being attacked by a group of six men on December 16 when on the way home from seeing the movie Life of Pi.
The attack has galvanised the Indian community, with tens of thousands taking to the streets to protest the treatment of women in the nation.
The Indian press has reported that the culprits tried to throw her under the bus after the assault.
Five men and a boy believed to be 17 years old are set to face court on charges of rape, kidnapping and murder.
The 1000-page charge sheet reportedly includes a statement from the victim and her boyfriend, who was beaten as he tried to stop the assault.
The bar association in the district where the trial will likely be held have urged its 7000 members not to represent the accused in the trial.
Author: Nick Pearson. Approving editor: Matthew Henry.