Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan feels that women should be rewarded at every point for their achievements, and no one should die to get an honour.
He was reacting after the United States selected the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim for the prestigious International Women of Courage Award, for inspiring people to fight against gender-based violence.
US First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry will present the award posthumously tomorrow on International Womens' Day.
"Its good that they are honouring her. But I would not want to die to get honour... I hope no one be it men or women should lose their lives to get honour... in fact they should get award for their achievements," Shah Rukh said.
The young braveheart recorded police statements while in hospital and stated her will to survive to see justice done.
"I hope this incident is not repeated. She fought with bravery and lost her life. I think women in every field should be held high," the 47-year-old actor said.
The paramedical student was gangraped, beaten and thrown out of a moving bus along with a male friend in Delhi on December 16 last year, which generated widespread protests and was condemned by various women groups, both in India and abroad. She later died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.