Leave us alone, says Delhi victim's brother

The family of the 23-year-old gangrape victim has no objection to anything being named after her, as long as they're not included in the debate.

FP Staff January 03, 2013 10:17:26 IST
Leave us alone, says Delhi victim's brother

First came Minister Shashi Tharoor's tweet. Then came the chorus of voices backing it and opposing it. Finally the approval of the family to name a possible new anti-rape law after the 23-year-old women who was brutally gangraped and assaulted in Delhi that was cited as the ending point in the debate.

But as an Indian Express report shows, that while they may have no objection about a law, hospital or anything else being named after her, the woman's family is rather tired of being asked for their view on every point in the debate.

"“People should not forget that till the last minute when she was conscious, my sister was wary of even relatives visiting her in hospital. She constantly told me to make sure nobody knew what had happened to her,” her 19-year-old brother said, asking for the family to be left alone.

Leave us alone says Delhi victims brother

The family of the woman have largely stayed out of the spotlight. File image of police guarding the venue of the funeral of the woman. PTI

Dismissive of the plan to name a hospital or a wing in the hospital after her and incorporating her story into a Telugu film, her brother said that the family did not mind any steps being taken as long as they weren't bothered any more.

Despite escaping to their village in Uttar Pradesh to avoid the "nightmare" in their Delhi neighbourhood where people gathered outside their house, the family is still being hounded by the media and 'well wishers' who leave none of the family members alone.

Firstpost had argued (here and here) against the naming of the new anti-rape law after the victim on the grounds that it would merely be an act of empty symbolism in this case and likely to do little beyond bring her name into the limelight.

Perhaps it is time to leave the family alone to let them grieve and attempt to get on with life after the horrific incident. There isn't any need to honour the victim or her family with anything. Neither of them wanted to be in a situation where the creation of a new law, naming of a hospital or the awarding of an Ashoka Chakra medal hinged on their approval.Instead, perhaps its time to ponder and improve the situation for women in this country rather than settling for measures that are at best cosmetic in an attempt to give ourselves closure.

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