Bustle for honouring Delhi gang rape victim, family ok with revealing real name of ‘Nirbhaya’


Three days after (Nirbhaya or Damini) was cremated quietly, the Delhi gang-rape victim‘s family Wednesday said they had no objection if her name was revealed and a revised anti-rape law named after her.


Delhi gang rape 2012


At Jantar Mantar, in the heart of the Indian capital, protestors continued clamouring for stringent punishment for rapists and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit marched to Rajghat at the head of “a peace march” in memory of the brutally gang-raped and tortured woman who died Dec 29.


delhi antirape protests at Jantar Mantar


Police arrested Dinesh Yadav, owner 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 and the Saket Court Bar Association said that no lawyer would defend the woman’s attackers.


Delhi gang rape


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”.


2012 Delhi gang rape


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 Tuesday that the Delhi woman should be named and honoured. A day later, the call found support from the victim’s family and others.


Delhi gang rape Nirbhaya


“We have no objection to revealing her name,” the 23-year-old victim’s brother told IANS 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 Dec 29.


The victim’s (Damini or Nirbhaya‘s) father told a television channel that if the law was named after her, it will be good. “It will honour her courage.”


Tharoor had suggested that the revised anti-rape law be named after her, and added that this should be done if her parents had no objection. The Congress snubbed him.


Shashi Tharoor tweet on Delhi gang rape

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“It is his personal opinion. I suggest that since he is a part of the government, he should have given the suggestion to the government rather than making any such statement in public. The party forum is also open for giving suggestions,” Congress party spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters.


Congress party spokesperson Rashid Alvi

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Tharoor’s proposal sparked a vigorous debate. While social activist Kiran Bedi supported Tharoor, Congress leader Manish Tewari asked people to wait till the committees formed to look into the anti-rape laws gave their recommendations.


Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati joined in. “If the family agrees (to name the law after the victim), it can be done. But any decision should not be taken by the central government unilaterally. It should call an all-party meeting and take views from all parties,” she said.


Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath said naming laws was not the main concern at the moment.


“The government will think on that, but the priority at this moment is to ensure such incident is not repeated,” Tirath told news channel NDTV.


‘Nirbhaya’s’ brother said they were conducting the last rites of the young woman who was cremated Dec 30 in Delhi, exactly two weeks after she was brutally raped and tortured.


He told IANS that his sister’s ashes were immersed in the Ganga in Bihar Buxar around 11.30 p.m. Tuesday.


delhi anti rape protests at Jantar Mantar


The trainee physiotherapist was raped in a moving bus. She was robbed, stripped, tortured and then thrown out on the roadside along with her friend on a cold Dec 16 night. She was taken to Singapore for treatment.

The on-going protests here have subsided a great deal, but a group, formed randomly at the Jantar Mantar, has started a mission to collect written messages from people protesting against the brutal gang-rape.


Delhi Anti-rape protesters at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi


The messages will be sent to the Justice J.S. Verma Committee formed by the government to look into amendments for enhanced punishment in sexual offences against women.




(Content & images credit: IANS.in)

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