Disclose, or you don’t, name is there after all:


There is much of controversy on publishing the name of New Delhi gang rape victim obviously indicating that publication of the very name of  her’s as such has to amount to disclosure of her original identity, which the Law does not permit in view of the vulnerability of the incident. The Law prohibits the disclosure of the name of the victim from the point of view of her publicly social image. Whatever be the situation and circumstances, a rape victim is looked upon with a stigma in the society, and to avoid it the Law prohibits such an act. This part is alright, but the situation differs from case to case. In the instant case, there are two major differences setting it apart from others:

  1. The mishap was not confined to some isolated locality, it rather became an over all national scenario known through width and corner of the country, nay all over the world.
  2. The perpetrators of the rape included a minor in his teens who initially called her ‘Sister’ and raped her twice. There is already a demand from the people in general that he must be hanged without giving him any relaxation as a minor, as the Law prescribes at present.

Any attempt to conceal the victim’s identity is just meaningless in the sense that there is hardly any one any where who doesn’t know her. It’s like calling some prominent public figure by some other name instead of his own. One is a hero or a villain, merely keeping their names as a secret wouldn’t do. Moreover, people want to remember the victim as a sacrificer and the one who resisted so well fighting the tragedy to the last. There are many who are anxious to adore her as their role model. Public  memory may have no place for the commoners, but they are never to forget a legend, who emerged as such in the circumstances whatsoever. It sounds just so utopian to remember some body with an oath not to use her/ his name. The victim is already given a name by the media ‘Nirbhay’, and it hardly makes any difference whether she is called as ‘Nirbhay’ or with her own original name as given to her by her parents. Name could be any but SHE, the victim, is to be remembered by all for all times to come. This shall be quite in the fitness of the things that she is remembered by the people in general in her very original name. A legend is never anonymous.

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13 thoughts on “Disclose, or you don’t, name is there after all:”

  1. I sincerely hope that women around the globe will not let this go. It’s time for all women everywhere to standup for each other. Enough is enough.

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  2. There is no dearth of laws in the country but majority of them are toothless and ineffective and none of them leading to conviction of culprits.It is high time that our lawmakers are send for some special training for making laws which will be stringent and efective.There is no use we have a plethora of laws.

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  3. It is a different case therefore I do not find utility in concealing her identity rather it would be better the disclosing her name because she has given an example for others and awaken to whole country.

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  4. “NAAM MEN KYA RAKHA HAI. ” we should see her scarifies ,she was a legend .She made whole country awaken .What so ever name ,she was BHARAT KI BETI ,because of her other BETIES have hope that now law will get tooth. Her scarify will not go in vain .

    *****( Although it seems difficult in present govt,’s attitude)

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  5. EVERY INDIVIDUAL WILL HAVE HIS OWN DIFFERENT VIEW ON THE ONOING CONTROVERSY. I AM AFRAID THAT THE ONGOING CONTROVERSY ON WHETHER TO PUBLISH THE NAME OF NEW DELHI BUS GANG RAPE VICTIM, MAY NOT DIVERT THE ATTENTION OF PUBLIC/MEDIA FROM THE MAIN ISSUE OF FIGHTING FOR GETTING JUSTICE TO THE VICTIM. YOU HAVE RIGHTLY SAID THAT ANY ATTEMPT TO CONCEAL THE VICTIM’S IDENTITY IS JUST MEANINGLESS AS THE WHOLE COUNTRY/WORLD NOW KNOW HER. THE MEDIA HAS ALREADY GIVEN HER DIFFERENT NAMES .. DAMINI/NIRBHAY. IT IS HIGH TIME THAT WE ALL SHOULD RAISE OUR VOICE AND SAY “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PASS STRINGENT AND EFFECTIVE LAW WHICH SHOULD DETERS CRIMINALS FROM DESTROYING LIVES OF OUR DAUGHTERS AND SISTERS, WITHOUT WASTING ANY MORE TIME.

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  6. ”A legend is never anonymous” You are perfect when you day this. She must be remembered by her own name, Else who knows tomorrow any whimsical politician will award his or her name to such a law and the sacrifice of the lady fades away with the passage of time

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  7. While I can see many good reasons for giving the victim her own name. I can also see the need for some privacy. For the family, no doubt, overcome with grief.

    What I did see, this morning in my daily news. Were the names and occupations of the perpetrators, of this most deviant act.

    Those are the names that need to be hammered to the billboards. Their shame for everyone to see. As also the names, whether in parliament or not. Of all …. it’s hard to call them “men”. Of all males, who do this wicked, wicked thing. Those are males, who are shaming. Their wives, mothers, sisters and daughters with their wickedness.

    For those women forced by males, into sex trade. As also those males who hurt their “wives” for dowery. It is not far away from this most heinous thing, of rape. Those males who force abortion, on female fetuses. All are less than, animals in human form. Demons incarnate.

    http://tibettalk.wordpress.com/2007/11/01/the-tibetan-wheel-of-life/

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  8. Sir She belonged to Ballia the land of Mangal Panday -the first hero of freedom movement. She has also became a symbol of struggle and boldness not only national but at international level. Everyone seems feeling glorified to call her Beti- Bharat ki Beti Now she has been known across the world. There is no meaning of concealing her name. Her name is a symbol of courage and honor so it must be dignified purposefully. I fully agree with you sir and her name should be utilized to start a new culture of honoring the women -folk and enacting of severe laws so that such type of heinous crimes are dealt with. Her sacrifice should not go in vain.

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