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Shashi Tharoor asks why not name, honor gang-rape victim ?

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 02 January ( :

shashi_tharoor.jpgProtests at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, demand for tough punishment to rape accused and a new Helpline for women in distress—181—were some developments following the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim were some of the developments in the case.

The police charge-sheet has revealed the bus driver in the gang-rape case tried to run over the girl but was saved by her male friend who had also been assaulted with iron rods. The six accused are likely to face murder charge now.

In the meantime, in remarks that can stoke a controversy, Union minister Shahsi Tharoor on Tuesday favoured making public the identity of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim wondering what interest is served by keeping her name under wraps.

Tharoor, the minister of state for human resources development, also said the revised anti-rape legislation should be named after the victim if her parents do not have any objection.

"Wondering what interest is served by continuing anonymity of Delhi Gang-Rape victim. Why not name & honor her as a real person w/own identity?" he asked on micro-blogging site Twitter.

"Unless her parents object, she should be honored & the revised anti-rape law named after her. She was a human being w/a name, not just a symbol," Tharoor, who is known for speaking his mind, said.

Under the law, 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 offence under section 228-A of Indian Penal Code.

His comments also came close on the heels of Delhi Police registering a case against an English daily for publishing material which could lead to the identification of the victim.

Tharoor's comments sparked instant reactions on Twitter with people supporting and questioning his suggestions. "Why are you after creating honors, idols and temples again instead of making real changes to criminal justice system?" Chirdeep, one of the users, asked.

Anil Wanvari, however, wrote: "A good suggestion. This is exactly what I had recommended four days ago. Cheers!" The BJP however, opposed the idea of disclosing the victim’s name.

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