Ban makes the Nirbhaya documentary go viral online

Leslee Udwin, BBC
Leslee Udwin, BBC

In the backdrop of the huge controversy that erupted over the documentary on December 2012 Delhi gangrape and the ban on the telecast by Indian government, the British media giant, BBC, aired the documentary titled, “India’s daughter” on Wednesday. The outrage came following the views of a convict in an interview, which consist “A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy.”

On the online video streaming service YouTube, the video has gone viral in India and also abroad with multiple shares despite the video being banned. It is reported that YouTube has been asked to remove the video from its site but various other sites are sharing the controversial video.

The government has asked YouTube to take down the controversial BBC documentary on December 2012 Delhi gang-rape and is also examining options on whether to take legal action against the broadcaster after it aired the film in the UK. The BBC had defied a home ministry’s directive not to telecast the documentary anywhere in the world and broadcast it in the United Kingdom on Wednesday night at 10pm GMT and also uploaded it on the YouTube. “All options are open. We are examining all facts,” home minister Rajnath Singh told reporters when asked whether the government was contemplating legal action against the British media giant for defying the ban.

Defending the broadcast, a BBC spokesman said: “This harrowing documentary, made with the full support and co-operation of the victim’s parents, provides 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.”


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