No objection if name revealed, says family

The family of the Delhi gang rape victim has no objection if her name is revealed, her brother said yesterday.

“We have no objection to revealing her name,” the 23-year-old victim’s brother said from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. The family has temporarily shifted to its village from Delhi.

We shall not rest: Protestors shout out anti-government slogans during a protest against rape in New Delhi yesterday. The family of the gang rape victim said that they would not rest until her killers are hanged as police finalised their investigation before charges are laid against suspects this week. Pic/AFP

“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,” he added, four days after the young physiotherapy intern died in a Singapore hospital.
“If it is announced (by the government) that the new law is being framed in her name then we have no problem.”

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor had tweeted on Tuesday that the gang rape victim should be named and honoured. Also recommending that the revised anti-rape law be named after her, Tharoor had added that this should all be done only if her parents have no objection.

The brother also said they were busy conducting the last rituals of the girl, who was cremated on December 30 in the national capital away from public glare, exactly two weeks after she was brutally raped and tortured.

Her 20-year-old brother said their mother, who had been in a state of shock and had to be rushed to hospital, was now “stable” and “taking some food”.

The trainee physiotherapist was raped in a moving bus. She was robbed, stripped and then thrown out along with her friend on the cold December 16 night. After her condition worsened, she was shifted to a Singapore hospital.

The brother, who wants to be an engineer, said the family was receiving help and support from the people in Ballia.

“We were not sure whether people in the village will come forward to help us. But when we reached here, we found that everyone was with us. They are coming forward to help us... they are behaving as if they have lost their own daughter,” he added.

Remembering his sister, he said she was “free willed” and “wanted to be independent”.

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