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Braveheart's name should not be revealed: RPN Singh

Jan 03, 2013 03:26 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh on Thursday said that the Delhi braveheart's name should not be revealed. He was reacting to the ongoing debate over making the name of the 23-year-old paramedical student, who was gangraped in a moving bus in the national capial on December 16, 2012, public.

The controversy erupted after Union Minister Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday suggested that the new anti-rape law should be named after the Delhi braveheart if her family had no objection. Reacting to it, the family of the girl on Wednesday also said that they had no issues in revealing the name of the 23-year old and said that it would be an honour if the law was named after her. Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi also seconded it saying if not the law, at least the movement demanding the law should be named after her.

However, the National Commission for Women and political parties, including the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), were not in favour of the suggestion. Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs have also said that there was no provision in the Indian Penal Code of naming a law after a person.

About the amendment in the Juvenile Act, Singh said changes could be made in the act if a recommendation is made by the Justice Verma Committee - a three-member panel constituted to recommend provisions to amend the rape laws.

One of the six accused in the Delhi gangrape case is a minor and he can be sentenced to a maximum of three years remand home. The Delhi Police has prepared a 1000-page chargesheet in the case and a fast-track court in Saket in south Delhi will be holding an in-camera trial on a daily basis.