Date
19 November 2017
British filmmaker Leslee Udwin addresses a news conference in New Delhi on March 3. Indian authorities have banned her documentary on the 2012 gang rape of a woman that highlights gender inequality and sex crimes in India. Photo: Reuters
British filmmaker Leslee Udwin addresses a news conference in New Delhi on March 3. Indian authorities have banned her documentary on the 2012 gang rape of a woman that highlights gender inequality and sex crimes in India. Photo: Reuters

Indian court blocks 2012 Delhi rape documentary

A court in New Delhi has blocked the broadcast of a documentary about a brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman three years ago that sparked widespread national outrage.

The documentary, which features an extensive interview with one of the convicted rapists, was scheduled to be aired on March 8, which marks International Women’s Day, BBC reported.

Authorities sought an injunction after interview transcripts published in advance by the media showed Mukesh Singh showing no remorse for his crime and suggesting that the victim was to blame for the incident.

For the documentary titled “India’s Daughter”, British film-maker Leslee Udwin interviewed Singh and fellow convicts who raped and tortured a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in December 2012.

Police in Delhi say they have registered two cases against the film, alleging breach of India’s penal code.

The government has demanded an explanation from jail officials over how Udwin gained access to the convicts.

Udwin says she sought — and received — permission to conduct the interview from the then director-general of Delhi’s Tihar jail and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The documentary was commissioned by the BBC.

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