BBC snubs India, airs controversial Delhi gangrape documentry

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British filmmaker Leslee Udwin
British filmmaker Leslee Udwin

Despite Indian government’s strong objections ,the BBC has gone ahead and  aired the controversial documentary on the December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape case in which one of the six convicts Mukesh Singh showed no remorse. BBC 4 aired the Delhi gangrape documentary at 10 pm in the United Kingdom despite the Indian government and judicial order to stop the said telecast. Delhi rape case sparked national outrage that led to massive protests nationwide.

 Earlier BBC had decided to telecast it on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day, but all of a sudden they showed the convict’s interview on March 5 as it triggered a storm in India. The documentary included an interview conducted by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin and BBC, of Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus in which the 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gang-raped by six men on December 16, 2012. Mukesh has made derogatory statements against women, Delhi police said.

 In a statement here, BBC said, “This harrowing documentary, made with the full support and cooperation 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.”  The statement from the broadcaster further said that the film was fully complied with BBC’s editorial guidelines.  Excerpts of Mukesh generated a furore as he reportedly said that women who went out at night had only themselves to blame if they attracted the attention of molesters.

The government took a serious view of the matter as Delhi Police lodged an FIR and secured a court order restraining the media from carrying the interview.

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