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Naming anti-rape law after girl will be an honour: Family

Ballia (UP),Jan 2 (PTI): A day after Union Minister Shashi Tharoor said he favoured naming the revised anti-rape law after the Delhi gang-rape victim, her family members today said they have no objection to it and the move would be an honour to the girl.

The family members of the 23-year-old girl said if her name is made public for this purpose, they have no objection to it.

Talking to PTI, the father and brother of the girl said “if the government names the revised anti-rape law after her, we have no objection and it would be an honour to her”.

On Tuesday, Tharoor had said in a tweet that he favoured making public the identity of the gang-rape victim, wondering what interest was served by keeping her name under wraps.

Tharoor, the Minister of State for Human Resources Development, had 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 #DelhGangRape victim. Why not name&honour her as a real person w/own identity?” he asked on micro-blogging site Twitter.

“Unless her parents object, she should be honoured & 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.

Asked about the financial assistance of Rs 20 lakh announced by the Uttar Pradesh government and assistance of Rs 15 lakh and job announced by Delhi government, the brother said though announcements have been made, they are yet to receive the assistance.

The girl's father said he was satisfied with the announcements made by the government.