So the entire day, my office was abuzz with discussions on whether India’s Daughter, the documentary by Leslie Udwin should be banned or not. The documentary features the interview of Mukesh Singh, a key accused in the case. Mukesh is currently in Tihar Jail, awaiting his death sentence, which he has appealed against.
In the interview, Mukesh apparently shows no remorse. He said: “A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy.” There were several other derogatory comments made by him, which currently stands banned by the Indian Government. From media debates to heated opinion on social media, there has been tremendous outrage at his audacious remarks.
Despite Udwin having received written permission from both the home ministry and the prison authorities, the home minister directed Delhi police to obtain a court order prohibiting the film’s release. Police said the ban was imposed as Mukesh’s comments could create an atmosphere of “fear and tension” that may fuel public anger. The Home Minister Rajnath Singh banning the telecast of the documentary had this to say.
- The documentary would not be aired in India and accused its makers of violating “permission conditions” by not showing the complete unedited footage to jail officials.
- “It was noticed the documentary film depicts the comments of the convict which are highly derogatory and are an affront to the dignity of women,” Singh told MPs in parliament.
- “[The government] will not allow any organization to leverage such an incident and use it for commercial purpose,” he said.
For most people who are for the ban, another reason is that a convicted rapist was being given a platform for his views.
I personally feel a ban is not really addressing the problem. We probably are brushing matters under the carpet instead of facing it. There is one strong valid point made by Udwin. “Everyone should watch the video to understand the mindset of a rapist. It would bring out a lot of underlying social issues, which we should address.” So maybe we should give the documentary a chance!!!
Rape is not just a crime. It is much more than this. It is a social issue. Opinions such as:
- Girls should be home by 6-7 pm. They should not be out at late hours
- Girls should be dressed in an appropriate manner.
- Girls should not be out with a boy post 9 pm
- Girls should be within their boundaries
These probably aren’t just Mukesh’s thoughts. Sadly there are many law-abiding citizens in our society who think the same way. I leave you behind with a brilliant write-up by “First Post” – BBC documentary: Why outrage? Mukesh Singh’s excuses are hardly unique
The ban is in India, and it sure has aroused enough interest among many. I won’t be surprised if people end up downloading it after a few days from the internet!!!