Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Delhi gang rape: The real name of the victim and new anti-rape law in progress

India's Minister of State for Human Resources Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday suggested making public the identity of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim who died last Saturday, and naming a new anti-rape law after her.

"Wondering what interest is served by continuing anonymity of Delhi gang rape victim. Why not name and honor her as a real person with her own identity?" Tharoor asked on a micro-blogging site.

"Unless her parents object, she should be honored and the revised anti-rape law named after her. She was a human being with a name, not just a symbol," said the minister, who once had to resign from his post as minister of state of external affairs for making "controversial" remarks.

The father told the Sunday People: "My daughter didn't do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself.
male friend and only witness of the New Delhi gang rape speaks out

The male friend of the Delhi gang-rape victim spoke for the first time in front of the nation and reported to Zee News that his friend was “positive” and wanted to live even after the horrific incident that took place on the night of December 16.

"I wish I could have saved her," He recounted.

The victim’s friend explained to Zee News in detail what exactly happened on that fateful night of December 16.

He said that no one came to their help when they were lying on the road. After being thrown off the bus, the duo reached hospital after two to two-and-a-half hours.

"I am proud of her. Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks. They will find strength from my daughter."The identity of a rape victim cannot be disclosed and printing or publishing the name or any matter which may make known the identity of any person against whom rape is committed is an offense under Indian Penal Code.

Both the government and opposition are poised to discuss a new anti-rape law to make it harsher and more efficient to punish convicted rapists and women molesters.
Rising Incidents of Rape in India

However, Outraged Indians have been demanding the death penalty for the six men, holding demonstrations almost every day since the rape. Murder is punishable by death and rape by life imprisonment. But juveniles – those under the age of 18 - cannot be prosecuted for murder.The six will be formally charged in court on Thursday on accusations that they kidnapped, gang-raped and murdered the 23-year-old woman in New Delhi on December 16, police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.

After the cremation of the 23 year old victim, many Indians decided not to celebrate New Year’s Eve, in tribute to the victim who has come to be called “India’s braveheart.”

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