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:
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.
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.