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Father of Indian rape victim wants her named

[ 2013-01-07 14:03] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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The father of the Indian student whose brutal rape provoked a global outcry said he wanted her name made public so she could be an inspiration to victims of sexual assault, in comments that may pressure authorities to allow her identity to be revealed.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student died on Dec 28 in a Singapore hospital, two weeks after she was gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi, igniting protests across India and neighboring countries, and prompting government promises for tougher punishments for offenders.

There have been growing calls in India to name the victim. Politician Shashi Tharoor last week questioned the merit of keeping her anonymous, and suggested naming new anti-rape law after her, a proposal her father supported.

Indian law generally prohibits the identification of victims of sex crimes. The law is intended to protect victims' privacy and keep them from the media glare in a country where the social stigma associated with rape can be devastating.

The father later told Reuters he had no objections to the media using his daughter's name, but he did not elaborate.

Five men have been charged with gang rape and murder and were scheduled to appear in a New Delhi court on Monday to hear the charges.

Rajiv Mohan, a prosecutor in the case, said Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital gave the cause of death as "septicaemia from multi-organ failure due to multiple organ injuries".

Mohan said the prosecution had matched DNA from her blood to blood found on the clothes of the accused, and on hers, which one of the men had allegedly tried to burn to destroy evidence.

Mohan told Reuters the police and prosecution still had no intention of revealing her identity. The spokesman for Delhi police could not immediately be reached for comment.

"Even if family members have given their permission to disclose the victim's identity for a greater cause, we can't disclose her identity," Mohan said, citing section 228a of the Indian penal code.

Legal experts consulted by Reuters said a situation could arise in which Indian media, wary of legal cases, choose not to name her while foreign publications do.

Citing the same law, Delhi police started legal proceedings against the TV network Zee News after it ran an interview with a friend of the victim who was with her during the attack.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Father of Indian rape victim wants her named

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Father of Indian rape victim wants her named

Emily Cheng is an editor at China Daily. She was born in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Media, English Literature and Politics. She has worked in the media industry since starting university and this is the third time she has settled abroad - she interned with a magazine in Hong Kong 2007 and studied at the University of Leeds in 2009.