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By Steve Nolan
PUBLISHED: 11:34, 9 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:14, 9 January 2013
The father of the young Indian woman who died after being gang-raped on a bus has described her desperate battle for life - and his futile hope that she would live.
Badri Singh said that although he knew that his daughter Jyoti Singh was 'in a bad state' after she was attacked by six men in Delhi last month, he still believed she might recover after she was taken to hospital in Singapore.
But the 23-year-old physiotherapy student was to die after sustaining horrific injuries during the assault.
Speaking to ITV1's Daybreak, Mr Singh said: 'When we went to Singapore she was not conscious but she had tears in her eyes. Then I realised she was in a really bad state.
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Heartbreak: Badri Singh, father of Jyoti Singh who was gang-raped and murdered in Indian, has said that he had been hopeful that his daughter would make a full recovery from her horrific injuries
Outspoken: Mr Singh spoke to ITV1's Daybreak show in India this morning. He said that he hopes his daughter's death will 'awaken' the country
'I couldn't think what to do at that time, I was like a bird without wings, I was neither here nor there.
'So when I thought she might get better, I used to get filled with some hope. When I was told that she might not get well and might have to have an operation I felt uncomfortable.
'It was difficult for me, but when she was put on a ventilator it gave me some hope that she would get better. I thought she might get better and she would live."
Mr Singh said that his daughter's death 13 days after the horrific attack has 'brought an awakening' to Indian society and called for his country to no longer turn a blind eye to attacks on women.
He added that he would like to see a new law or a hospital named after his daughter.
Describing his daughter, Mr Singh said: 'When she was born my aunties and uncles always used to carry her around, those were really lovely days.
'Right from the start her ambition was to be a doctor. Her main aim was that our family wouldn't have to suffer any more, she wanted to put the difficult life behind us, wipe out our poverty.
'She also wanted to make sure I didn't have to keep working hard late in life.'
Miss Singh was attacked on an illegal bus in Delhi on December 16 and her and a male friend were left for dead on the road.
She eventually died in a hospital in Singapore after having 90 per cent of her intestines removed.
Her death sparked anger across India.
Heavy security: The suspects accused of the gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh arrive at Saket District Court in New Delhi for a preliminary hearing on Monday
Protest: Jyoti Singh's death sparked outrage in India with many taking to the New Delhi streets to demand better protection for women
Anger: Protestors had given the victim the name Damini after a Bollywood film of the same name where the protagonist fought for justice after a rape ordeal. She was identified when her father decided to break his silence and speak out
Outrage: Protestors hold candles in New Delhi last month as they took to the streets in anger following the 23-year-old students gang-rape and murder
Lawyers said yesterday that three of the men accused of raping and murdering the 23-year-old student are to plead not guilty.
Manohar Lal Sharma, who is representing Mukesh Singh, Ashkay Thakur and Ram Singh, told the Guardian that his clients will deny the charges because 'nothing has been proven.'
All five men accused of the crime will appear at a closed court next week with the case expected to be fast-tracked to trial.
Mr Sharma said that he would contest Indian police's handling of evidence after prosecutors claimed to have forensic evidence which links the men to the attack.
A 17-year-old who is also accused of Miss Singh's rape and murder will appear at a youth court separately.
Meanwhile, the victim's companion on the night of the attack, 28-year-old software engineer Awindra Pandey, has spoken out about the terrible ordeal and Miss Singh's horrific injuries.
He told The Times that his efforts to flag down help from passing motorists after the pair had been dumped in the road were ignored for 20 minutes.
Mr Pandey said that police were reluctant to help his friend despite her injuries.
'She was asking for water and complaining of pain in her stomach,' he said.
'She was bleeding heavily. They (the police) asked me to put her in the van.'
He said that the pair, who were not dating, had been to a cinema in the city to see Life of Pi but were unable to persuade a rickshaw driver to take them all the way back to the Dwarka suburb where Miss Singh lived with her parents.
They were dropped halfway home, when a phone call from her mother asking her to hurry home prompted them to board an illegal bus with blacked out windows.
Mr Pandey confronted other passengers when they began insulting the pair but they soon produced iron rods, he said.
He said that he was beaten and fell to the floor of the bus.
After up to 20 minutes, the gang believed Jyoti to have died and dumped the pair in the ro
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