Gang-rape victim 'gestured she was going to heaven'

The family of the 23-year-old woman who died after being gang-raped on a Delhi bus in December have spoken for the first time.

Speaking to the BBC, her father said: "She was brave, had no fear, and was full of life."

Born and raised in a lower middle class family, her relatives said the 23-year-old saw education as the passport to improving her family's economic plight.

Women take part in a march calling for improved justice and security for women, following the woman's death. Credit: Reuters

She wanted to be a doctor since "she began playing with dolls", her father added.

"I told her repeatedly that I could not fund her education, but she did not budge."

The medical student's brother told the BBC: "She was not scared of anyone. We could never imagine that such a fate would befall her... She must never have imagined it."

He added the last time he spoke with her was in hospital at Christmas.

He said: "She gestured with her fingers that she was going to heaven."