Suzette Jordan’s stereotype-defying statement in an interview to BBC in 2013 reveals her zeal to live a free life despite going through a terrible tragedy. She died at the age of 40, on Friday morning of a combination of meningitis and encephalitis in a hospital in Kolkata.
Her tragedy was no short of controversies. From West Bengal’s CM calling her an enemy of the state, to people pointing fingers at her moral character, calling her an escort and prostitute, Suzette’s life was no cake walk. Her friend, and gay-rights activist Harish Iyer revealed in a heart-warming letter that, “India killed Suzette. You killed her.”
Social media had similar reactions:
I respected that #SuzetteJordan stood tall. No confusion or hesitation on whose shame her rape was. Much needed. Will be long remembered.
— Wildcard Vidyut (@Vidyut) March 13, 2015
RIP Suzette Jordan. Fought the good fight. Your FB header rings true: “Maybe it’s not about the happy ending. Maybe it’s about the story.”
— Nigel Britto (@NigelBritto) March 13, 2015
— Ashwin Mushran (@ashwinmushran) March 13, 2015
I hope @MamataOfficial has some words of remembrance (and regret) for Suzette Jordan the feisty Park Street Rape Survivor who died today.
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) March 13, 2015
“Why should I hide my identity when it was not even my fault? I am fighting and I will fight.” – Suzette Jordan. She was a real hero. R.I.P.
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) March 13, 2015
What a relentlessly tough life Suzette Jordan led. Very depressing news. Feel bad for her daughters. http://t.co/II0LrFC5HF
— Brown Sahiba (@Rajyasree) March 13, 2015