Harassed family of victim pleads: ‘Just leave us alone’

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Minister Shashi Tharoor suggests that the proposed anti-rape law be named after the Delhi gangrape victim. The BJP wants her to get the Ashok Chakra. A Telugu filmmaker reportedly wants to change his film to incorporate her story into it. All that the family of the murdered 23-year-old woman wants is to be left alone.

They are exhausted by the endless, unwanted attention, all the fake names thought up by media organisations for her, and the manner in which the horrific tragedy is being made into a spectacle.

"Before you name laws and schools after her, and give her awards, our only request is bring us justice. Hang the people who tortured and killed my sister; that will be the biggest tribute to her," the victim's 19-year-old brother told The Indian Express.

Asked about Tharoor's proposal — amplified by the media since Tuesday, rejected by the Congress but reported to have been seconded by the family on Wednesday — the brother said: "My father feels if they want to name the new law after her, they can go ahead, it will be like a shraddhanjali in her memory. I don't understand why that has generated so much controversy. If it means people chasing us even more, we don't want it."

On Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta's letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday demanding India's highest peacetime gallantry award for her, the brother said: "I am getting calls about naming laws, schools, movies after my sister, and giving her awards. Media people are walking into our home in the village, asking for comments on each of these from anyone who is available. We just want to be left alone."

Telugu filmmaker Ramana Gaddam has been reported to be planning changes in his new film Nisha to highlight the December 16 gangrape. The victim's brother said, "People should not forget that till the last minute when she was conscious, my sister was wary of even relatives visiting her in hospital. She constantly told me to make sure nobody knew what had happened to her."

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