Cat­a­lyst for change?

Friday - - Welcom to Friday -

It was the crime that shocked the world. Hun­dreds of thou­sands of out­raged men and women took to the streets de­mand­ing jus­tice and the death penalty for rapists af­ter the bru­tal at­tack against ‘Braveheart’ on a bus in Delhi.

We all read with horror the head­lines and de­tails of how a gang of men raped Jyoti Singh af­ter lur­ing her on to the bus with her friend fol­low­ing a night out at the cin­ema. The six men – aged from 17 to 34 – took it in turns to vi­ciously beat and sex­u­ally as­sault the pe­tite phys­io­ther­apy stu­dent, then threw her and her bat­tered friend off the mov­ing bus.

Naked and bleed­ing, it was 45 min­utes be­fore any­one stopped to help them, and Jyoti died of her ter­ri­ble in­juries 13 days later. It was a tragedy, one of the most ap­pallingly vi­o­lent at­tacks I’ve ever read about, and a crime that ex­posed the in­ef­fi­ciency of the le­gal sys­tem and in­equal­ity in the treat­ment of women across In­dia.

Jyoti – ‘Delhi’s Daugh­ter’ – be­came the cat­a­lyst for change and her death a sym­bol of hope. But be­hind the cover sto­ries, the anal­y­sis, and pub­lic outcry and sor­row, was a fam­ily griev­ing for their girl. In an ex­clu­sive and mov­ing in­ter­view on page 14, Jyoti’s mother Asha Devi tells us why she still misses her beau­ti­ful daugh­ter ev­ery day and why she is glad her killers were given the death sen­tence.

Let me know what you think, un­til next week,

3 This week I’m lov­ing… 1. For the ul­ti­mate me­tal­lic smoky eye, I’m lov­ing Bour­jois Color Edi­tion 24H eye­shad­ows. They come in a cream to pow­der fin­ish and have real stay­ing power – 06 Bleu Tene­breux is per­fect for par­ties. Dh59, Boots. 2. Her sis­ter Khloé has just been to Dubai (and is talk­ing all things fash­ion on page 102) but Kim Kar­dashian is hit­ting the head­lines for all the right rea­sons – her gor­geous scent, Pure Honey. It’s a so­phis­ti­cated flo­ral per­fume with red rose, vanilla, freesia, musk and honey. EDP 100ml, Dh295 Sephora. 3. I’m hop­ing to bag one of the Bri­tish Cam­bridge satchels on page 77 that have been given an Emi­rati makeover in time for Na­tional Day. Fash­ion-for­ward, to­tally pa­tri­otic, and from Dh775, I’ll be first in the queue to buy one in Bloom­ing­dale’s in The Dubai Mall.

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