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Delhi rape victim’s family urges for privacy

Ballia/New Delhi: Amid outrage and demands for national acclaim to the 23-year-old gang rape victim, the hounded family has urged for solitary to mourn the death of their daughter.

Aggravated by rigourous police investigations, regular phone calls and grieving visitors, the family wants to avoid media and police to grieve their daughter’s death. The victim succumbed to her injuries after being brutally gang-raped and attacked by six men in a moving bus on December 16 last year.

The family drove down to their village Ballia in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday to console each other and come out of this dark phase.

“Neither we have problem with naming the anti-rape law or school after my sister nor are we against movie on her. But at first we want justice,” said victim’s brother.

Meanwhile, the victim’s father said that he was satisfied with the Delhi Police action.

When asked about their plans for returning back to Delhi, victim’s brother said, “We want privacy. At this juncture my family needs each other’s support to face the darker times ahead. So, we are unlikely to return before January 15. However, I may visit Delhi for investigation process.

‘Fake pictures being circulated on FB’

Victim’s brother condemned the circulation of fake pictures of his sister on social networking sites like Facebook.

“The circulation of fake pictures by publicity mongers is very ridiculous and painful. Such things must be checked as these activities create unnecessary troubles for the family which is already in deep pain,” he said.

‘Respect public sentiments’

Asking the Centre to make amendments in law to name the proposed new anti-rape law after his daughter, father of the rape victim  said it will be an honour to the girl and respect public sentiments.

"I want the revised anti-rape law to be in the name of my daughter. It will be an honour for her. If there is some problem in doing due to constitutional provisions, Centre could amend them. It will also be a respect of public sentiments", victim’s father said.

"We will be sad if the anti-rape law is not named after my daughter", he said.

The father of the victim also demanded that the Uttar Pradesh government set up a hospital in his village stating that it was wish of his daughter to do so in this backward village.

The Home Ministry has given indications that the revised law, which is expected to be stringent and facilitate speedier justice, is unlikely to be named after the girl who died last Saturday after battling for life for nearly two weeks.

Union Minister Shashi Tharoor had favoured naming the revised anti-rape law after the victim.

Tharoor had got support from former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for his proposal.

"If the family of the victim has given its approval to the law being named after the rape victim I have no objections to it,"

Mayawati had said, adding "The Central government should convene an all party meeting and take a decision in consensus with everyone".

JPN/Bureau/Agencies

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