Leslee Udwin’s significant documentary on the deadly gang-rape of a young woman in Delhi has been aired by the BBC on March 4, 2015
Despite protests from the Indian government, the broadcast of India’s Daughter was brought forward from the previously planned airing on International Woman’s Day on March 8, 2015. The film was not permitted to be shown in India because of objections that the film makers allegedly released it without Delhi’s approval.
A spokesman of the BBC defended their decision to show the documentary, saying it provided a “revealing insight into a horrific crime that sent shock waves around the world and led to protests across India demanding changes in attitudes towards women.”
Udwin told reporters in Delhi she had obtained necessary clearances from jail authorities as well as India’s Home Ministry for her documentary and interviewing the convicts in prison.
In an interview shown in the documentary, one of the men convicted of raping and causing the death of the 23 year-old woman in 2012, the driver of the bus, Mukesh Singh, said that if their victim had not fought back she would not have been killed. He further stated that she should have remained silent and allow the rape, “then they would have dropped her off after ‘doing her’.”
He further stated that the death penalty would make things even more dangerous for women. “Now when they rape, they won’t leave the girl like we did. They will kill her.”
Singh and three other men were convicted in 2013 and although they confessed, they later retracted it, saying they had been tortured into admitting their guilt. Appeals against their death sentence are pending in India’s Supreme Court.
The psychopathy shown by these repressed and hence over-sexual men is not a singular case, nor an issue only occurring in India but shows a worldwide perversion that most urgently needs to be addressed.