By Jayanth Sugavasi
Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim of royal Indian origin, was recruited by British secret services in 1943 to operate in German-controlled France as a radio operator. She was later captured and killed in a concentration camp on Sept. 13, 1944. She was 30.
- Noor Inayat Khan Memorial trust
- A handout picture of Noor Inayat Khan playing a Veena.
This is the first time the U.K. honors an Asian woman with a permanent memorial. Pictured below, the bust of Noor Inayat Khan was unveiled in London’s Gordon Square Gardens, Thursday.
- The statue of Noor Inayat Khan was unveiled in central London Nov. 8.
Khan was born to an Indian father and an American mother in Moscow in 1914. She is a descendant of Tipu Sultan, former ruler of the southern Indian city of Mysore. Below, Britain’s Princess Anne paid homage to Khan’s statue.
- Britain’s Princess Anne looked at the statue, London, Nov. 8.
Below, members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, an all-female volunteer army unit, were present at the unveiling ceremony in London. Khan was recruited as a spy from this unit.
- Members of the the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corp) at the unveiling ceremony in Gordon Square Gardens, central London, Nov. 8
In recognition for her bravery, last year the British government posthumously awarded her the George Cross, the country’s highest civilian decoration.
“It is impossible not to be moved deeply by Noor Inayat Khan’s bravery in the face of capture, interrogation, and harsh imprisonment, and by her cruel death met with indomitable courage,” Prime Minister David Cameron said at the time. He added that the award pays tribute “to the inspiring self-sacrifice of a young Muslim woman who fought in British ranks in the world-wide struggle against racism and oppression.”