Five men accused of the rape and murder of the 23-year-old student appeared in court on Monday to hear charges against them.
Reuters’ Shashank Chouhan interviewed the rape victim’s father over telephone. Here are the excerpts:
Q: Why did you reveal your daughter’s identity to a UK newspaper?
A: When the (new) law will be made, it has to be made after the girl’s name. There is nothing wrong in giving out the name – it is not for any wrong purpose. It will not harm anyone nor should anyone object. Nothing objectionable is being said or written. That is why I gave the name.
Q: Do you want the new law to be named after your daughter?
A: Yes, I want that.
Q: Why do you want that, is there any special reason behind it?
A: How else can she be made immortal? Suppose a hospital is made, a memorial is made or the law is amended after her name … after all the martyrdom was hers. So it would be good if the law is in her name.