Millennium Post

Uber rape survivor won't quit job, will marry in January 2015

“Hats off to this young man for not betraying my daughter after learning about the unfortunate incident which befell his would-be wife. He has stood by her, shared her sorrows and is going to tie the knot with her in the coming month,” the survivor’s father added.

The survivor with her family left the city on Friday evening for a pre-planned vacation. They boarded a train from New Delhi Railway Station for an undisclosed destination. Talking to Millennium Post before leaving for vacation, the survivor said that she drew comfort from the attitude of her neighbours who did not treat her as a sinner. The survivor, a resident of Inderlok in north Delhi, for the past one week was recuperating from the mental trauma and physical injuries at her home.

Acussed Shiv Kumar Yadav is in 14-days judicial custody since Thursday. He was arrested on Sunday.

Talking to Millennium Post about her plans, she said she was going to return to her job. “Why should I stop working? Why should I change my work place? I will continue working at the same place,” said the 26-year-old financial analyst who was allegedly raped by Shiv Kumar Yadav (32) last Friday when she hired Uber cab from Vasant Vihar to return to Inderlok.

She further said, “I have not done anything wrong. I am not the accused. I won’t quit. I will fight back; in fact I am fighting for my rights, for the respect women should get from the society.” The survivor is a post graduate in Economics and was working with a finance company in Gurgaon.

“I am proud of myself (for filing a case against the crime), I am proud of my parents who stood by my decision to raise the voice for justice and I am proud of Delhi police, which nabbed the accused before he could target another woman,” she added.

A visit to the survivor’s house and speaking to the neighbours showed that the mindset towards rape survivors is changing. There is no longer a stigma attached to rape. “She is an idol for us as she fought back without thinking of the consequences,” a 52-year-old shopkeeper said. He added that the girl (survivor) was well-behaved and respected elders. She used to come to his shop to buy grocery.

“This unfortunate incident could have been averted if the other survivors (whom he allegedly raped) had reported the matter to police. But you can’t change destiny,” the survivor’s mother said. She further added, “I would request all the women in the city and across the country to raise their voices if a crime is committed against them. Also, the parents and the peer group must support the survivor to fight for themselves (from going to a police station to the courts).”

“I and my family are with our daughter. I will allow her to work soon after returning to Delhi. We have completed our participation in the investigation and have informed the concerned officials about our eight-day tour. We will stay in touch through phone,” the survivor’s father said. He had offered Rs 1 lakh as reward money to Delhi police for their quick investigation and nabbing the serial rapist.

“I proposed to give a reward but the officials declined the offer saying that they will be happier if I called them for coffee,” he said, adding, “I am touched by their gesture.”
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