BALLIA (UP): A pall of gloom descended on Delhi gang-rape victim’s native Mandwara Kalan village in the district on Saturday as soon as the news of her death poured in.
The village head, Mr Shiv Mandir Singh said that a condolence meeting was held to pray for the peace of the departed soul.
He also said there was resentment among the locals over the incident with people demanding stern punishment for the accused.
Villagers want such a stern punishment should be given to the accused that it would instill fear in the hearts of such culprits, Mr Singh said.
A relative of the victim said her family would continue to strive till the time capital punishment was given to the accused.
Since the news of the incident came, locals had been praying day and night in the local temple for the early recovery of the girl.
The victim’s grandfather said the girl’s father sold his land for educating her.
“She was very assertive and her father was sure one day she will pull the family out of poverty,” he said.
An uncle, who returned from Delhi on Friday, said the condition of the girl was very critical before she was flown to Singapore for treatment.
He said stringent laws should be enacted and rapists should be awarded capital punishment.
The Delhi gang-rape victim came from a humble family originally from Uttar Pradesh and gave tuitions to pay for her school and college fees.
Born into a family from Ballia, the young woman, family friends said, was hard working and desired to forge ahead in life.
The sources close to the family said they moved to the national capital a quarter century ago. It settled in a middle-class neighbourhood in southwest Delhi where she was born 23 years ago.
The girl’s father, seeing her brilliance in academics, took loans to finance her higher studies.
After her education, she went to Dehradun to train as a physiotherapist. She returned to Delhi and started as an intern in a private hospital in north Delhi.
As she was the eldest in the family, her family was convinced that her success in academics would inspire her two younger brothers too.
“Like any family they dreamt of their daughter getting a better job and a better salary,” a source said.