Delhi Gangrape victim's name: Tharoor ignites controversy

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New Delhi, Jan 1: While some people call her "Damini", "Nirbhaya", "Amanat", the real identity of 23-year-old Delhi gang rape has not been revealed yet. Days after her demise, now Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shashi Tharoor ignited the controversy questioning the continuous anonymity of the victim.

Spinning a new debate, Tharoor on Tuesday, Jan 1 tweeted, "Wondering what interest is served by continuing anonymity of #DelhGangRape victim. Why not name&honour her as a real person w/own identity?"

Continuing his demand, Tharoor also claimed that the anticipating new law on rape and sexual assaults related to crime against women should be named after the young victim.

"Unless her parents object, she should be honoured&the revised anti-rape law named after her. She was a human being w/a name, not just a symbol," reads Tharoor's tweet.

Tharoor's tweets surfaced just hours after Centre's decision of setting up a special task force to study the issue of women's safety in Delhi.

The special task force, which comprises the Union Home Secretary, the Delhi Chief Secretary and the Commissioner of the Delhi Police, will review the functioning of the Delhi Police on a regular basis.

Other senior officers of the Delhi Police and officials from the traffic police department will also be included in the special task force.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday took a significant step and announced a 13-point action plan to ensure women's safety and prevent incidents of sexual harassment.

The 13-point plan in the year ending 13, seeks harsher punishment for rape and Jayalalithaa said her government would request the Centre to make necessary changes in the law to provide death penalty and chemical castration to those involved in such crimes.

The victim of the brutal gang rape was assaulted and raped by six men and later was thrown out of a moving bus. After a rigorous battle for her life, she died in a hospital in Singapore.

The gang rape and the victim's death enraged the aam-aadmi (common man) of the country who have holding protests demanding justice for the victim and more security and safety for women.

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