SYDNEY - The parents of a student fatally gang raped in New Delhi have told Australian television her attackers deserve the death sentence they have been given and hope her legacy empowers other women.
The 23-year-old was brutally raped in December on a bus in the Indian capital in a crime that shocked the nation. She died of massive internal injuries nearly a fortnight later.
An Indian judge last week sentenced to death four men convicted of the crime, bringing to a close a case that sparked widespread anger against the treatment of women in India.
Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in an interview shown late Monday, the victim's father said he hoped the incident would lead to changes that would mean a safer world for women.
"Not just India, but for the entire world," he said.
"She has become a symbol of women's empowerment. She has lit a flame and we have to keep that flame burning."
The mother of the student, speaking in the same interview, said the men who perpetrated the horrific crime must to be put to death.
"They must be hanged because if they remain in society they will only spread filth," she said. "They are a burden on this earth. These men do not have any right to live."