UK daily names gan­grape vic­tim

Fa­ther says he didn’t al­low it, tells HT iden­tity should be re­vealed only if a law is named af­ter daugh­ter

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent/ PTI

let­ters@hin­dus­tan­ NEW DELHI / LON­DON: The fa­ther of the Delhi gang-rape vic­tim Sun­day de­nied that he al­lowed his daugh­ter to be iden­ti­fied af­ter a Bri­tish pa­per re­vealed her name. Her iden­tity should be made pub­lic only if a law was named af­ter her, he told Hin­dus­tan Times.

The Sun­day Peo­ple, the Daily Mir­ror’s Sun­day edi­tion, quoted the fa­ther as say­ing, “We want the world to know her real name. My daugh­ter didn’t do any­thing wrong, she died while pro­tect­ing her­self. I am proud of her.”

The tabloid, which put his pic­ture and that of his fam­ily on its web­site, in­ter­viewed him in his an­ces­tral vil­lage in Bal­lia in Ut­tar Pradesh. The report also named the fa­ther and the two brothers. Though the fa­ther shared the fam­ily al­bum with them, he asked them not to carry the vic­tim’s pic­ture, the report said.

“Re­veal­ing her name will give courage to other women who have sur­vived th­ese at­tacks. They will find strength from my daugh­ter,” the Sun­day Peo­ple quoted the fa­ther as say­ing.

While re­port­ing on the rape, the In­dian me­dia has re­frained from nam­ing her.

But he told HT in the evening, “I have only said we won’t have any ob­jec­tion if the government uses my daugh­ter’s name for a new law for crime against women that is more strin­gent and bet­ter framed that the ex­ist­ing one.”

Stu­dents from the Univer­sity of Chicago and North­west­ern Univer­sity hold a vigil in me­mory of the gan­grape vic­tim in Chicago on Satur­day.

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