India bans documentary on 2012 gang rape

(AGI) New Delhi, March 4 - India has banned the showing of adocumentary film on the 2012 gang rape on a New Delhi privatebus because it fears that the offensive language of one of therapists could create a climate of tension. A court has blocked"until further notice" the release of India's Daughter, whichwas scheduled for Women's Day (Sunday, March 8) in India and inmany other countries, including the UK and Denmark. Theone-hour film by British director Leslee Udwin details the rapesuffered by a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, who wasassaulted by six men

(AGI) New Delhi, March 4 - India has banned the showing of adocumentary film on the 2012 gang rape on a New Delhi privatebus because it fears that the offensive language of one of therapists could create a climate of tension. A court has blocked"until further notice" the release of India's Daughter, whichwas scheduled for Women's Day (Sunday, March 8) in India and inmany other countries, including the UK and Denmark. Theone-hour film by British director Leslee Udwin details the rapesuffered by a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, who wasassaulted by six men and died two weeks later because of hervery serious injuries. The case shocked India and obliged thegovernment to pass stricter laws and prescribe harsherpunishment for sexual abuse. In a shocking interview,Mukesh Singh, the rapist sentenced to death for his savageaggression, said that the injuries were to be blamed on theyoung woman because she fought back: "When being raped, sheshouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow therape...keep quiet while she was raped". "These are offensiveand degrading comments on women which create an atmosphere offear and tension that could lead to popular unrest, " a policespokesman said when announcing the ban. Film directorUdwin, who was herself a rape victim, said she was saddened bythe ban and repeated that she will never agree to cut out thenine-minute interview with Singh and that the film willnonetheless be released in other countries. In theinterview, Singh claimed: "A decent girl won't roam around atnine o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rapethan a boy. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, notroaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearingwrong clothes. About 20 percent of girls are good." So,according to Singh, men have the right to teach them a lesson.On his death sentence, Singh said: "The death penalty will makethings even more dangerous for girls. Now when they rape, theywon't leave the girl like we did. They will kill her. Before,they would rape and say, 'Leave her, she won't tell anyone.'Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they willjust kill the girl. Death." (AGI). .