The young Delhi student who was gang-raped and beaten and who subsequently died from her injuries was named late last night by her father as Jyoti Singh Pandev.
Badri Singh Pandey, in an interview with a Sunday newspaper, said he wanted the world to know her real name to give rape survivors courage.
The 53-year-old said: "My daughter didn't do anything wrong. She died while protecting herself. I am proud of her. Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks. They will find strength from my daughter."
Indian law prohibits naming a rape victim unless she authorises it or, if she is dead, her family agrees to it.
Mr Pandey, who works at Delhi airport as a loader, recalled how Jyoti scrawled a note from her hospital bed saying she wanted to survive.
"She wanted to survive and stay with us. But it was fate that had the last say in the end," he is said to have told the Sunday People.
Jyoti, who dreamed of becoming a doctor and had completed a four-year physiotherapy course at the time of the gang-rape, died from a heart attack in a hospital in Singapore on 29 December. She had been flown there from Delhi for treatment.
Her father added: "When I first saw her she was in the bed with her eyes closed. I put my hand on her forehead and called her name. She slowly opened her eyes and started crying and said she was in pain. I held my tears. I told her not to worry, have strength and everything will be all right."
For the first 10 days Jyoti was in and out of consciousness and it was hoped that she would survive. Mr Pandey said: "Doctors did their best to save her. She spoke a few times but mostly through gestures. She had a feeding pipe in her mouth, making it difficult for her to speak."
Last Thursday, five men were charged with gang-rape and murder, offences that could carry the death penalty. A sixth male has been judged to be a juvenile and is scheduled to be dealt with by a different court, despite demands from the victim's family that he too should face execution. The five older men are due to be brought before a specially established fast-track court today.