2012 gang-rape victim's dad backs film
THE father of a woman who died after a savage gang rape in Delhi said yesterday that he thought everyone should watch the documentary about the attack, broadcast by the BBC but banned in India.
The British broadcaster brought forward its screening of India's Daughter to Wednesday evening, citing a strong public interest, after an Indian court issued an order barring broadcasters from showing it.
The film has sparked fierce debate in India because it includes an interview in which one of the convicted rapists, Mukesh Singh, blamed the 23-year-old victim, saying she should not have been out at night and should not have fought back.
The father of the victim, who cannot be named, said the comments should be exposed publicly.
"Everyone should watch the film," news channel NDTV quoted him as saying on its website.
"If a man can speak like that in jail, imagine what he would say if he was walking free," he said, describing the documentary as "the bitter truth".
The victim's mother told NDTV - which had been due to broadcast the film along with the BBC on Sunday to mark International Women's Day - that she did not object to the ban, but believed Singh's views were widespread in India.
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Wednesday that the government sought the ban because Singh's comments were "highly derogatory and an affront to the dignity of women".
The documentary is the work of award-winning British film-maker Leslee Udwin. The December 2012 gang rape of the young physiotherapy student highlighted the frightening level of violence against women in the world's second-most populous country and triggered mass protests.