No objection if name revealed: Gang-rape victim's brother

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) The family of the Delhi gang-rape victim has no objection if her name is revealed, her brother said Wednesday.

"We have no objection to revealing her name," the 23-year-old's brother told IANS over telephone from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. The family has temporarily shifted to its village from Delhi.

"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," the 20-year-old brother said, four days after the young physiotherapy intern died in a Singapore hospital Dec 29.

"If it is announced (by the government) that the new law is being framed in her name, we have no problem."

The victim's father told a television channel that if the law was named after her, it will be good.

"It will honour her courage, if an anti-rape law is named after her," he said.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor tweeted Tuesday that the gang-rape victim should be named and honoured.

He recommended that the revised anti-rape law be named after her, and added that this should be done if her parents have no objection.

The victim's brother said they were conducting the last rites of the young woman who was cremated Dec 30 in Delhi, exactly two weeks after she was brutally raped and tortured.

He told IANS that his sister's ashes were immersed in the Ganga in Bihar's Baksar around 11.30 p.m. Tuesday.

"Now the whole family is busy in my sister's last rituals in our village in Ballia," he said.

He said their mother, who had been in 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 a cold Dec 16 night on the roadside.

After her condition worsened, she was shifted to a Singapore hospital where she died.

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

He said his late sister was "free willed" and "wanted to be independent".


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