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Braveheart’s name for Delhi museum

Wednesday, 6 February 2013 - 9:00am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA
In an incident that is unheard in a country where it is a stigma to talk openly about cases of rape, the father of the gang-rape victim who lost her life in December last year has given a written consent to name a science museum in Delhi after her.

In an incident that is unheard in a country where it is a stigma to talk openly about cases of rape, the father of the gang-rape victim who lost her life in December last year has given a written consent to name a science museum in Delhi after her.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) had sought his approval to name its proposed science museum in RK Puram after the braveheart.

Speaking to DNA, the 20-year old brother of the woman who was initially not in the favour of letting her identity revealed said, “Initially, I thought that if she gets fine she will face social stigma.” But even at that time, her parents didn’t want to hide her identity. “Think of it just like an accident my father told me. It’s not like didi has done anything wrong,” the brother said.

He also said that when they had gone back to their village in Balia, he was relieved by everyone’s reaction. “People back in the village also were supportive and said this can happen to anyone,” he said.

He even voluntarily showed DNA the pictures of his sister and said it was the real picture and not the ones circulating on the social networking websites.

In a letter written to the mayor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the woman’s father said, “I share your view that projecting her as rape victim does not do justice to the sacrifice that she has made. It is correct that the best tribute to her would be to give her respect as a braveheart which cannot be done if her name remains undisclosed.”

“I therefore, as her father, give you complete authorization to name an institution in her name and memory. You may take this letter as authorization under Section 228A of IPC,” the letter added.

This decision comes as a radical moment in a country where after a rape happens people argue over the dress codes of girls or blame the incident on “adventurous nature of women” who wish to roam alone on streets during night.


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