The father of the Indian gang-rape victim whose murder has led to violent protests has released her name to a British publication.
“Brave dad Badri, 53, told The Sunday People: “We want the world to know her real name.”
Badri Singh Pandey, a 53-year-old airport loader, risked being prosecuted under Indian laws barring identification of rape victims because he wanted to honor his daughter, Jyoti Singh Pandey.
Facebook pages in her honor went up immediately around the world.
She was gang-raped and brutally beaten in New Delhi on Dec. 16 when she and her friend were lured into a trap on a bus. They were driven around Delhi for more than hours while they were beaten with an iron rod, pulling out portions of her intestines, and she was raped.
Her father said: “We want the world to know her real name. My daughter didn’t do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself.
“I am proud of her. Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks. They will find strength from my daughter.”
Police two days ago said they would charge her friend for giving an interview saying they showed little interest in helping the couple when they were attacked. It was telecast on Zee News, which also faces charges.
The adult suspects have been identified by the Press Trust of India as Pawan Gupta, 19, a fruit vendor; , Vinay Sharma, 20, a fitness trainer; Ram Singh, the 33-year-old bus drive; Mukesh Singh, 26, the bus driver’s brother, and Akshay Singh, 24, a bus washer.
The Shadow Warrior, a Hindu Nationalist Website, published a photo it said was the victim. http://rajeev2004.blogspot.com/
Hours later the BBC reported the father denied releasing her name. The network quoted one site as denying he wanted the world to know her name. The London Sunday People published a virtual family album from the family's hometown, something that the father woud not likely have approved if he didn't want her name known. It seemed likely the police were threatening him with prosecution.
The incident has shamed the world’s largest democracy. And it was especially appalling because the rape problem was well known, with one reported every 20 minutes.
Police were accused of not taking the case seriously, and even taking their time getting the victims to a hospital.
Later, the government was accused of flying her to Singapore for special treatment so she wouldn’t die in Delhi.
None of this has quelled the protests and a stronger anti-rape law is likely to be enacted.
It is especially important because some of the rape problem may be from male resentment about how women are advancing, getting better jobs.