Delhi : The brother of the young physiotherapist who was killed in a 2012 gang –rape in Delhi that shook the nation is ready to fly. And their mother thanks Congress vice – president Rahul Gandhi for making the family’s dream come true.
"Aman (name changed) is a pilot now because of Rahul Gandhi," said Asha Devi, who fought for years to get justice for her daughter. The brutality of the crime against the 23-year-old, who was named "Nirbhaya" - meaning fearless - because of laws against naming rape victims, provoked intense anger and weeks of protests across Indian cities and also hit international headlines.
All the accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder. One of them died in police custody. The four remaining adult defendants were found guilty of rape and murder and sentenced to death. A juvenile too was convicted and sent to a reform facility for three years.
The tragedy hurt Aman but could not stop him, Asha told Mail Today. Apart from sponsoring his higher education, Rahul's regular phone calls motivated him to achieve what he wanted, she said.
When his sister was killed, Aman was in Class 12. He wanted to join the military. But the brutal crime sent him into shock.
"Rahul Gandhi was the one who counselled him and motivated him to achieve something good in life to support the family. After learning that he wanted to join the defence forces, Rahul asked him to pursue a pilot's training course after completion of school," Asha said.
After his CBSE board examinations in 2013, Aman got admission at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi in Rae Bareli, the Congress leader's parliamentary constituency.
"While shifting to Rae Bareli, Aman made up his mind that he will prepare for the Indian Army's recruitment examination. But on joining the course, he found it difficult. He never got time to pursue parallel studies," Asha said, quoting conversations with her son.