Damini was a 23 year old physiotherapy student about to get married whose life changed in a course of a few hours.
On December 16th, Jyoti (popularly known as Damini) was brutally gang raped and thrown from a moving bus. Medical reports later suggested that the woman suffered serious injuries to her abdomen, intestines and genitals due to the assault, and doctors say that the damage indicates that a blunt object (suspected to be the iron rod) may have been used for penetration. That rod was later described by police as being a rusted, L-shaped implement of the type used as a wheel jack handle. According to the International Business Times, a police spokesman said that the youngest attacker "sexually abused his victim twice and ripped out her intestines with his bare hands."
Damini was a fighter and a survivor and she tried to fight the men and the assault. She bit them leaving bite marks and tried to fight back during the rape.
After the assault, they threw her and her male friend out of the bus and tried to run her over but she was saved by her male friend.
The couple were taken to a nearby hospital by a passerby after lying on the busy Delhi street for over an hour. She was found with only 5% of her intestines left inside of her. A doctor at the hospital later said that the "rod was inserted into her and it was pulled out with so much force that the act brought out her intestines also. That is probably the only thing that explains such severe damage to her intestines.
On December 29th, she succumbed to her severe injuries which included abdomen and liver infections, internal bleeding, brain injuries and more.
Damini moved the entire nation, not only for the heinous nature of the crime but her fighting spirit and she became a beacon for the nation as they protested and demanded security for women.
India is a country where rapes are usually treated in a hushed manner and considered shameful. Many times, society at large blames the rape victim causing many victims to not come forward. Damini and her fighting spirit united the country, to shed the shackles that made Rape a social taboo. Now they are not only willing to talk about it, but fight openly for much needed change and justice.
Damini’s perpetrators were caught on December 17th and identified on December 21st. The police acted swiftly in response to this heinous crime but others like Damini may have to wait for many years to see justice done.
It took over 10 years for Priyadarshini Mattoo who was raped and murdered to get justice even though they arrested her culprit right away.
We are petitioning the Government of India to create a Fast Track Court system that not only provides Justice for Damini, but all rape victims so that they don’t wait years for justice, or feel it would be pointless to seek it.