The father of the Delhi gang-rape victim Sunday denied that he allowed his daughter to be identified after a British paper revealed her name. Her identity should be made public only if a law was named after her, he told HT.
The Sunday People, the Daily Mirror's Sunday edition, quoted the father as saying, "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."
The tabloid, which put his picture and that of his family on its website, interviewed him in his ancestral village in Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. The report also named the father and the two brothers.
Though the father shared the family album with them, he asked them not to carry the victim's picture, the report said.
"Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks. They will find strength from my daughter," the Sunday People quoted the father as saying.
While reporting on the rape, the Indian media has refrained from naming her.
But he told HT in the evening, "I have only said we won't have any objection if the government uses my daughter's name for a new law for crime against women that is more stringent and better framed that the existing one."
His daughter, who was training to be a physiotherapist, was raped and brutalised by six men on a moving bus and then thrown off it on December 16. She died of her injuries on December 29.
The girl's family has retreated to their village, away from their Delhi home to grieve in private. He would never allow his daughter's name to be used as that of a victim of a savage gang rape.
"I want my daughter to be known as the one who could bring a change in the society and laws, and not as a victim of a barbaric crime," he told HT.
He told the UK daily he wanted death for the accused. What happened to her was "just gruesome and I hope no one ever goes through what she had to endure," the report quoted him as saying.