Activists protest against the rapists of the Delhi student
The Editors Guild of India has appealed to the Indian government to revoke its ban on the broadcasting of a BBC documentary, depicting the aftermath of the brutal gangrape and murder of a student.
The guild said the move was “wholly unwarranted, and added that the documentary, ‘Storyville: India’s daughter’, “portrayed the courage, sensibility and liberal outlook of a family traumatised by the brutality inflicted on their daughter.
It also depicted “the continuing shameful attitudes towards women among the convict as well as the educated, including lawyers.” the guild said.
The organisation appealed to the government to revoke the ban and enable the public to view the “positive and powerful documentary touching on the freedom, dignity andsafety of women.
“The ban was imposed because comments from one of the rapists who was interviewed created an atmosphere of “fear and tension amongst women” and risked fuelling public anger.
Leslee Udwin, who directed the film, and is a rape victim herself, said she was “deeply saddened’ by the decision.
The documentary includes an interview conducted by British filmmaker Udwin and BBC, of Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus in which the 23-year-old paramedical studentwas brutally gangraped by six men on December 16, 2012.
Singh is shown in the film blaming the victim for the crime and resisting rape. He also says women are more responsible than men for rape.
“You can’t clap with one hand - it takes two hands,” he says in the film, according to a statement by the filmmakers.“A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things. About 20 per cent of girls are good.”