Naming of anti-rape law a secondary issue, first focus on implementation, say city residents

Nikita Sharma and Kanica Walia talk to a cross section of people to know their views on the naming of a proposed anti-rape law after the Delhi rape victim.

Ranjoo Mann, Pro-Vice Chairperson, Delhi Public School

Name is not an issue as much as the law and its execution is. We conceal the identity and forget about the trauma that was caused to the person. If it is named after her, it would at least remind the people of the heartache and soullessness of the brutality which she went through.


Nabeel Kidwai, MBA student at Middlesex University, UK

I strongly support the enforcement of strict and harsh laws for the punishment, but naming it after a specific incident or person doesn't make any sense to me. Whatever happened was sad and depressing but in our country a crime like this takes place very often. This particular incident grabbed the attention of the masses but there have been other cases in the past which were even more dreadful and painful and the victims and their families still await justice.


RPS Ahluwalia, Businessman

The anti rape law is an essential and constructive step. No doubt, the Delhi gang rape case in particular has led to this action but then naming of this law after one rape victim is unsatisfactory as in our country it's not the only case where cruelty touched its peak. Moreover, no law can be named after a person and I think the nerve center should be the genuine implementation and working of the law, not its name.


Vidushi Kain, Media student from JNU

I do not support the demand of naming the law after one particular girl, the law involves the society and not just one person. It's a law that will stand out for all the women in the country. Also, privacy should be given to the victim and her family.

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