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New Delhi: Three days after she was cremated quietly, the Delhi gang rape victim’s family yesterday said they had no objection if her name was revealed and a revised anti-rape law named after her.
At Jantar Mantar, in the heart of the Indian capital, protesters continued clamouring for stringent punishment for rapists and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit marched to Rajghat at the head of “a peace rally” in memory of the brutally gang-raped and tortured woman who died on December 29.
Police arrested Dinesh Yadav, owner of the bus in which the ghastly crime was committed, even as the Delhi High Court set up a fast track court to hear the case on a daily basis.
The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the pitch for honouring the victim, with its Delhi unit chief Vijender Gupta asking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to posthumously award her the “Ashoka Chakra award for bravery”.
Giving a new twist to the debate over legal ban on disclosing the identity of a gang-rape or rape victim, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor tweeted on Tuesday that the Delhi woman should be named and honoured. A day later, the call found support from the victim’s family and others.
“We have no objection to revealing her name,” the 23-year-old victim’s brother said over telephone from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. The family has temporarily shifted to its village from Delhi in the wake of traumatic developments since her Dec 16 gang-rape.
“We also have no objection if the (revised anti-rape) law is named after her,” he said.
“It will be an honour for my sister,” the 20-year-old brother of the victim said, four days after the physiotherapy intern died in a Singapore hospital on
The victim’s father told a television channel that if the law was named after her, it will be good. “It will honour her courage.”