Kerala journalist's Facebook post goes viral as he names daughter after Kathua rape victim

Moved by the brutal murder of an 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, a Kerala journalist Rajith Ram named his two-month-old daughter after the victim.

Published: 14th April 2018 02:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th April 2018 08:58 AM   |  A+A-

People take part in a candlelight march at the India Gate in protest over Kathua gangrape case in New Delhi. (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

'KANNUR: When he looked at his seven-year-old daughter Ameya, a pain ran through his heart.

As the indignation over the savagery inflicted upon an innocent child, too tender to understand the barbarism mankind is capable of, Rajith Ram looked at his second daughter, a new-born, and called her '....., my dear daughter!' It was a firm proclamation of an independent mind.

Moved by the brutal murder of an 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir, a Kerala journalist Rajith Ram named his two-month-old daughter ''.....'

Soon he posted it on Facebook, and wrote below the photo of the two-month old smiling kid, "Given her the name; Yes, the same...  '..... S Raj'... She is my daughter." Responses started pouring in within
minutes of the post. Rajith Ram, a Kannur-based journalist with Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi, was amazed to see the tremendous response.

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"The response is amazing. It is getting bigger and bigger by minute," he said. The post was shared over 15000 times on FB while the likes have crossed 26k.

"As the father of a seven-year-old daughter, I felt angry and got frustrated at the events that took place even after that hideous act. That such barbaric, cruel acts still happen in our country, is a disturbing thought for a father of two girls like me. When the thought occurred to me to name my second daughter who was born on February 4, after  '....' I discussed it with my wife Sandhya. She readily agreed to the idea," says Rajith.

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"It was just a casual post. I just wanted to let some of my friends know how I felt about this incident and wanted to express solidarity to the cause. But what followed was just unbelievable," said the 39-year-old.

The post has been attracting more likes and shares. The comments pouring in from all walks of life shows that the act has touched the hearts of many. "This shows how concerned our society is. Such brutality should never happen to another child," feels Rajith.


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