news Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 05:30

The News Minute| March 3, 2015

NDTV’s announcement that it was going to telecast ‘India’s Daughter’, a documentary made by award-winning filmmaker Leslee Udwin on the Delhi gang rape, has created much controversy, especially on social media.

'India’s Daughter' will be broadcast on BBC4 this Sunday, International Women’s Day, and simultaneously shown in seven other countries including India, Switzerland, Norway and Canada according to the Guardian.

The furore in India started after The Telegraph reported that one of Nirbhaya’s rapist Mukesh Singh says in the documentary that, “a decent girl won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Boy and girl are not equal. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 per cent of girls are good.”

Some on social media have questioned the need to give a rapist a platform while others have pointed out that interviews that reveal the depravity of criminals is important to society, as it enables people to understand how criminals think and operate.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner Bassi too has objected to the telecast of the documentary. 

NDTV’s response

'India's Daughter' is a documentary made by award-winning filmmaker Leslee Udwin to explore in depth the causes of the inhuman crime against Nirbhaya and what has actually changed today in India.

This will be broadcast on NDTV on March 8, International Women's Day, along with the BBC and other international channels. A worldwide 'India's Daughter' campaign against sexual violence and gender inequality will also be launched on Monday in New York by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Freida Pinto and others. In India too, the film launches a campaign to fight for justice for Nirbhaya and to raise awareness to end sexual crimes in our country.

Also Read : I fear 'India's Daughter' will become a global campaign that will do damage: Kavita Krishnan

Nirbhaya's parents have spoken extensively in this documentary, which exposes the disgraceful attitude of the rapists and those who surround them. These are views in our society that need to be exposed and unambiguously condemned.

The director has obtained all legal clearances needed from the authorities.

This is a film that fights for and remembers Nirbhaya - and it honours the wishes of her parents who have seen the film.

Let us all honour Nirbhaya and her parents and fight for an end to sexual exploitation and crimes with this film.

Read our take: Delhi gang-rape: Why is it surprising that the rapist blames the victim?

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