India: Call for Law to Mark Delhi Rape Victim

02 Jan 2013

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Indian students protesting the rape incident

An Indian minister has called on the authorities to reveal the name of the Delhi gang-rape victim so that a new anti-rape law can be named after her.

Junior Education Minister Shashi Tharoor said unless the parents of the 23-year-old medical student objected, she should be honoured.

The victim died over the weekend in a Singapore hospital where she was being treated for severe injuries, reports the BBC.

The December 16 attack in a bus has caused a national outcry.

The woman and a male friend had been to see a film when they boarded the bus in the Munirka area of Delhi, intending to travel to Dwarka in the south-west of the city.

Police said she was raped for nearly an hour, and both she and her companion were beaten with iron bars, then thrown out of the moving bus into the street.

On Tuesday, police sources said the driver of the bus had tried to run her over after throwing her out, but she was saved by her friend, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Police are expected to formally charge five of six suspects with murder on Thursday. If convicted, they could face the death penalty, which is rarely carried out in India.

The sixth suspect is reported to be under 18 and a juvenile. Police have ordered a bone test for him to confirm his age.

"Wondering what interest is served by continuing anonymity of the Delhi gang rape victim. Why not name and honour her as a real person with own identity?" Tharoor wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter late on Tuesday.

"Unless her parents object, she should be honoured and the revised anti-rape law named after her. She was a human being with a name, not just a symbol," he wrote.

Social activist and former police officer Kiran Bedi supported Tharoor's idea.

"What Mr Tharoor has said is maybe unique to India, but is not unique in the world," Reuters quoted her as saying.

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