Badri Singh Pandey wanted people to know the name of his daughter who was brutally gang-raped in Delhi. Bollywood celebs like Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher salute the man for showing such courage
Nirbhaya, Damini, Amaanat, Braveheart and various other names were used to address the victim of Delhi’s brutal gang-rape case.The unfortunate incident occurred on December 16 in Delhi and shook the entire nation, even as the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern fought for her life in the Safdarjung Hospital (Delhi) and later the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29.
Even as social networking sites were flooded with pictures of the woman – some fake ones included – she was still being written about using several nicknames, as the law does not allow using the real name of a sex-crime victim unless she herself or her family permits it.
In a brave and very inspiring move, the Delhi girl’s father Badri Singh Pandey of Ballia, UP, decided to reveal his daughter’s name to the world. He said to UK paper The Sunday People, “I want the world to know my daughter’s name is *****”. He added that he hoped this will “give courage to other women who have survived such attacks”.
Bollywood reacted to the revelation very strongly and praised Badri Singh for such a courageous move. Some celebs also commented on the Zee News interview given by the victim’s male friend Awindra Pandey who was with her on that fateful night and was also injured in the attack.
Here’s what the stars had to say:
Sonam Kapoor: RT @psplash2000: @sonamakapoor Salute to *****’s father
Akshay Kumar: Hats off to the father of *****, the brave heart for revealing her name to the world and setting an example for thousands of unfortunate women who have survived these attacks but remain quiet because our society always blames the women! Truly admire your courage sir.
Mia Farrow (veteran Hollywood actor-singer): RT gang rape victim’s father: I want the world to know my daughter’s name is *****
Pooja Bhatt: RT India gang rape victim’s father: I want the world to know my daughter’s name is *****
Sapna Bhavnani: ***** … the revolution has just begun!
Anupam Kher: I respect & admire courageous father of ***** for revealing her name to the world. Nirbhaya is *****.
Onir: India gang rape victim’s father: RT I want the world to know my daughter’s name is *****
Zarina Mehta: We salute you Sir, we salute your daughter. God bless her and her courage. May God give u and your family strength
Atul Kasbekar: ***** will become a std bearer for women everywhere
Sherlyn Chopra: Braveheart’s father reveals daughter’s name- *****…
Resul Pookutty: After watching the interview of *****’s friend I feel the govt has completely failed in engaging the people of modern India….
But Indian newspaper Hindustan Times alleged that the UK publication let out the name without permission from the father. Badri Singh apparently wanted to disclose his child’s name only if a law against such crimes was named after her in India. He also wishes for a hospital in her memory. BollywoodLifers, what’s your take on the issue?