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Heptullah hopes India receives an award for being safest country for women

New Delhi, Mar. 5 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Najma Heptullah on Tuesday said that she would be extremely delighted if the United State of America gives an award to India for being the safest country in the world for women.

Heptullah, who was commenting on the US selecting the 23-year-old medical student, who was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus on the night of December 16 last year, for the International Women of Courage Award, said her courage is even mentioned in the General Budget for 2013-14 and an all-women bank is going to be set up.

“It’s fine, but I would one day be very happy when America and the world recognises and awards us for a safe place where women can stay without fear of being raped or any kind of violence; that day I would really be very happy and I congratulate. It was a sad incident, she went through a trauma and finally she lost her life,” said Heptullah.

“But we want our country to be safe for women, especially the capital city should never even have and I am ashamed for what happened in India. I hope all our people will feel the same thing and make this city and this country safe for women,” she added.

The award would be presented to the brave heart posthumously by the First Lady Michelle Obama and the Secretary of State John Kerry on March 8.

The victim, a physiotherapy student, was brutally raped and assaulted in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012. She died of her injuries on December 29, 2012 in the multi-specialty Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

Her male friend, who was accompanying her that day, was also assaulted by the accused and both of them were thrown out of the bus. (ANI)