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Published on August 25th, 2013


‘Respect our privacy, give us breathing space’

Mumbai gangrape victim and her family send out a plaintive appeal and thanks the nation for its overwhelming love, support.
by The Editors |

Today, the family of the 22-year-old photojournalist who was gangraped by five men in the Shakti Mills compound in Mahalaxmi three days ago, sent out a message to the Government, the Mumbai Police, the authorities of Jaslok Hospital, the members of the Press, and the general public, all of whom have shown support and empathy with the girl and her family.

Reproduced below is the message from her mother:

Dear Members of the Print and Television media of Mumbai and the Nation at large,

My daughter and I are overwhelmed with the support given to us by the police, the media and the public at large during such a nightmarish phase for us. We want to thank you all for showing sensitivity and restraint which has given us strength, hope and courage to pick up the pieces of our lives after the most tragic incident. We would also like to thank the authorities including the Jaslok hospital staff and management, the state administration, the Chief Minister’s office and Mumbai Police for their support and prompt action.

We would also like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to other patients and their relatives during this time. We hope and pray for your continued support and campaign in the fight for justice for my daughter and women at large in India. Now that stringent laws are in place, we are optimistic that your and the government’s efforts will help fast track the matter so that the severest of punishment is meted out. This will ensure that even the most sick-minded think twice before they act in such an
inhuman and insensitive way.

I have one small request to all of you. Please continue to respect the privacy of my daughter and me in this most trying time of our lives and give us the breathing space we so desperately need by not visiting our residence. We live in a society where such actions will only make it more difficult for us to get back to a normal life. This can also impact my daughter’s life and become an impediment in our struggle to regain our sanity and composure.

We hope and pray you will empathize and adhere to our humble request while continuing your support for justice, not just for my daughter but for all those victims and families who go through the same hell as we have.

Thank you.
God bless you and your families.”

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