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Delhi rape victim to be honored with U.S. bravery award

  • The U.S. State Department is to award one of its 2013 International Women of Courage Awards to the 23-year-old student who died after being gang-raped in New Delhi.

    The woman, who cannot be named, and a male friend were attacked on a bus in the Indian capital on December 16. She passed away two weeks later in a hospital in Singapore.

    The award will be presented posthumously on Friday.

    In a statement, the State Department said the woman had "become the foundation of a popular movement to end violence against women in India".

    "For millions of Indian women, her personal ordeal, perseverance to fight for justice, and her family's continued bravery is helping to lift the stigma and vulnerability that drive violence against women," it added.

    The woman’s death triggered widespread anger and debate over the treatment of women in India.

    Five men are being tried in New Delhi in connection with the attack. A sixth suspect is being tried in a juvenile court. All six suspects deny the charges.

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