Naming Anti-Rape Law After Girl Will Be an Honour: Family
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The family of the Delhi gang-rape victim today said it had no objection to naming the proposed new anti-rape law after the girl, a day after Union Minister Shashi Tharoor mooted this proposal.

As Tharoor's suggestion triggered a debate, the Union Home Ministry gave indications that the revised law, which is expected to be stringent and facilitate speedier justice, is unlikely to be named after the 23-year-old girl who died last Saturday after battling for life for nearly two weeks.

Tharoor got support from former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for his proposal made yesterday with the BSP supremo suggesting that an all-party meeting be convened for this purpose.

"If the government names the revised anti-rape law after her, they have no objection and it would be an honour to her". the father and brother of the girl told PTI at their ancestral village in Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.

"If her name is made public for this purpose, they have no objection to it," the girl's family said.

Mayawati when asked to comment on Tharoor's suggestion said, "If the family of the victim has given its approval to the law being named after the rape victim I have no objections to it."

"The Central government should convene an all party meeting and take a decision in consensus with everyone", she told reporters in Lucknow.

Home Ministry officials said the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) do not have a provision for naming any law after an individual.

"No law has been named after any person in India. Neither the IPC nor the CrPC provides for that. One has to see the case in national perspective. The issue has wide repercussion while registering offences. This girl has been a catalyst to the changes in the anti-rape law but naming is not an option," an official said in New Delhi.

Tharoor, the Minister of State for Human Resources Development, had yesterday favoured making public the identity of the gang-rape victim wondering what interest was served by keeping her name under wraps.

He also said the revised anti-rape legislation should be named after the victim if her parents do not have any objection.

Congress had said Tharoor's suggestion was his personal view while BJP said naming or keeping the victim's identity a secret is not the main issue in framing of a revised anti-rape law.
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Jan 04, 2013
08:05 PM

 A K SAXENA ( A retired civil servant)

Make anti-rape law after the names of mythological duos  Ahalya-Indra. The Lord Indra  of the heaves had raped Ahilya, Gautama's wife on his own bed  in his Ashram.  The rapist went to the Ashram in the guise of Gautama and Ahalya knew it but she did not resist the rapist. 

The present and future  generations  should know Bharat's tradition and culture. 

Sanket Biswas, Kolkata
Jan 03, 2013
10:54 AM

>>Playing politics with rape!

Male Unblocked...u scoundrel...u still alive ??

Jo Mb, kolkata
Jan 03, 2013
05:32 AM

Playing politics with rape!

Male Unblocked, Chennai
Jan 02, 2013
04:42 PM

This family has shown courage and has taken a bold decision. This single step will help take the stigma of 'dishonour' away from the victim.

Its high time we, as a society, should encourage victims to not feel ashamed or dishonoured.

Kiran Bagachi, mumbai
Jan 02, 2013
03:05 PM

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Ballia (UP) | Jan 02, 2013

The Delhi bus rape victim remained nameless throughout medical treatment. She was given names like : Damini, Amaanat, Jyoti, Nirbhay etc by the Media. Fair enough.
But,could she be allowed to die in anonymity?Is it ethical? Was there a demand from the kins to keep her name secret? Supreme court’s directions apply to living specie, not those who were murdered. Then, why is her name being kept a State secret? Was the GOI (Read as 10-Janpath) scared of backlash by protestors ( One senior TV journalist called them ‘lumpens’) had the girl’s identity been revealed? Even cremation was carried out hurriedly at the government selected site at unearthly hours and under cover of darkness.
I agree with Shashi Tharoor. Naming the proposed anti-rape law after Delhi' bus gangrape victim is appropriate and would act as a deterrent. This would keep alive memories of huge public angst against the rape and the stiff penalties, if any, in the minds of potential criminals.

A K SAXENA ( A retired civil servant)

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