The Straits Times
Published on Jan 04, 2013

'Fake' photo of Delhi rape victim goes viral: Police


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (AFP) - The father of a student in south India has complained to police after Internet users circulated a photo of his daughter on social media, claiming it was the Delhi gang-rape victim, officers said on Friday.

A picture tribute to the dead Delhi woman, who was repeatedly raped on a moving bus on Dec 16 and thrown out of the vehicle in a crime that appalled the nation, has gone viral on Facebook.

Her name and identity have been withheld by police and the media in line with a law that entitles victims of sex crime and their families to anonymity to protect them from social stigma.

Assistant Commissioner Vinayakumar from the cyber crime unit of Kerala police in south India said that the photo used in the Facebook tribute was a fake and had caused distress.