Gender Parity,  Life Over Books

India's Daughter- Can we give it a Chance?

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!!!

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  • Suzy

    I watched the documentary on you tube. It’s very well done but very disturbing to hear the rapists views and even more disturbing were the defence lawyers. My heart went out to her parents.

  • Vinitha

    The documentary should be broadcasted, because we need to be aware of a rapist’s mind. And unfortunately, he repeated the same lines which was already said by a lot of public personalities. What is the difference between him and them! Shouldn’t they all who believes that a girl is responsible be punished then? Because otherwise they are just waiting for an opportunity to present to unleash their rapist mind, the excuse is already made here! And the defense lawyers, I felt they are more criminals than the rapist himself! Thankfully not all men are like them. I am sure one day we will see a better India, when all these backward minded people are gone!
    Sorry Ramya, I’m just typing on here, I watched the documentary today and that incident is eating me up from inside. Just want to at least slap those lawyers for advocating such absurd mentality.

    • Ramya

      NO probs Vinitha,… Expressing your opnion is a right and I am glad you have done it for my post :)… I am still actually to see the documentary…. Wish they really didnt have this blanket ban.

  • Corinne Rodrigues

    Ramya, you’ll find some links on my FB profile page about this. First of all, women in India have been raising their voices already – we don’t need an outside voice to do this. Second, why do we need to hear the rapist?

    • Ramya

      Yeah Corinne… I read some opnions on your FB page. I agreed with some.. such as rape is not really in India alone, it is there on a global level too. We need to address them within our nation. After hearing two sides to this particular issue of the documentary, I would rather judge after I see it. (i.e. if I do get to see it :))… But i still wonder… is a blanket ban an absolute requirement here?

  • Will

    This comes from one of India’s prominent feminists:

    One article describes “Nirbhaya” as “speaking excellent English”. What comes through, then, is a sense of India as a place of ignorance and brutality towards women, that inspires both shock and pity, but also call for a rap on the knuckles from the “civilized world” for its “brutal attitudes”. Nirbhaya, described patronizingly as a speaker of “excellent English” is marked approvingly as a good subject for the global rescue mission.

  • Ina Tales

    i don’t know what to say Ramya. This topic is very close to my heart. Everytime such a thing happens, I feel so angry. Every time a rape occurs, Everytime a rape occurs in a society, it is the name of the man and the face of the man that is hidden from public. I really cannot understand that. If he was not ashamed to do act why is he being protected now? Is it because our Constitution was made by a man or is it because the law is being led by a man? Everytime our media makes a hero out of her rapist. Stories are written about him, articles written about him and the girl is projected in a very poor and a sorrowful way. Why do we forget everytime that we should not sympathise with the victim but stand by her. We should rather “sympathise” with the rapist and put it inside a loony bin… permanently.

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