New Delhi: Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Vijender Gupta on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to award the Ashoka Chakra, the country's highest civilian award for bravery, to the Delhi gangrape victim on Republic Day (Jan 26).
"Through this letter I would like to make a strong recommendation to honour the Delhi gang rape victim by awarding her with the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest civilian award for bravery on January 26, 2013, the Republic Day," Gupta said in his letter to the Prime Minister.
"As a reference I would like to cite the case of Neerja Bhanot who was a flight attendant for Pan Am Airlines and died while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on September 5, 1986. She went on to become the youngest recipient of India's highest civilian award for bravery, the Ashoka Chakra," Gupta said.
"You (Manmohan Singh) were one of the few people who were present at the time her body returned from Singapore and I am confident that you will consider the feeling of the nation to honour her with the Ashoka Chakra," read his letter.
Meanwhile, family members of the Delhi gangrape victim has reportedly said they don't have a problem if the revised anti-rape law is named after the girl, a day after Minister of State for Human Resources Development Shashi Tharoor suggested that any future law to curb growing rapes in the country could be named after her.
According to media reports, the victim's family said such a move will be an honour to her.
Tharoor on Tuesday suggested that any future law to curb growing rapes in the country could be named after the victim who died in a Singapore hospital on Saturday after a 13-day-long fight since the horrific attack on her, but not without galvanising a nation fed up with crimes against women.
"Unless her parents object, she should be honoured and the revised anti-rape law named after her. She was a human being with a name, [she was] not just a symbol," Tharoor tweeted.
Tharoor said he was wondering why at all the name of the girl was kept a secret.
"Wondering what interest is served by continuing anonymity of the Delhi gangrape victim. Why not name and honour her as a real person with [her] own identity?" asked Tharoor.
Tharoor posted his views on his Twitter handle at the risk of a backlash while his previous tweets when he was a junior external affairs minister had landed him in trouble.
Meanwhile, former top cop Kiran Bedi backed Tharoor's suggestion and tweeted: "I support S Tharoor (Shashi Tharoor) on naming new law on rape after her real name or 'Nirbyaya'!This has been done in USA:Brady,Megan,Karly, Jessica Law etc."
She said, "In naming law after Nirbhaya/or real name v immortalise her will to fight and live,not on d act of rape!This way we may remove d stigma!"
Bedi said: "On one side we name d law in name of courageous 'Nirbhay' and on d other end burn effigy of her crime perpetrators on Dushera every year!"
India woke up on Saturday to the tragic news of the death of the paramedical student in a Singapore hospital, finally losing a 13-day-long battle for life after being raped and brutalised by six men on a moving bus in Delhi on Dec 16.
Her death left the nation in a state of mourning and churning as the collective anger of people found new expressions in clamour for change and justice.
The body of the victim was cremated under secrecy within hours of its landing in the national capital under the supervision of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Media gave her many names, most popular among that being Damini. Some also called her Amanat or Nirbhaya.