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, MukeshSingh, the rapist sentenced to death for his savage aggression,said that the injuries were to be blamed on the young womanbecause she fought back: "When being raped, she shouldn't fightback. She should just be silent and allow the rape...keep quietwhile she was raped". "These are offensive and degradingcomments on women which create an atmosphere of fear andtension that could lead to popular unrest, " a police spokesmansaid when announcing the ban. Film director Udwin, who washerself a rape victim, said she was saddened by the ban andrepeated that she will never agree to cut out the nine-minuteinterview with Singh and that the film will nonetheless bereleased in other countries. In the interview, Singh claimed:"A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night. Agirl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Housework andhousekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars atnight doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20percent of girls are good." So, according to Singh, men havethe right to teach them a lesson. On his death sentence, Singhsaid: "The death penalty will make things even more dangerousfor girls. Now when they rape, they won't leave the girl likewe 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 will just kill the girl.Death." (AGI).