‘Giriraj Singh No Better Than A Rapist,’ says Leslee Udwin the maker of “India’s Daughter”

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Leslee Udwin, British filmmaker

Giriraj Singh seems to have unwittingly kicked a hornet’s nest with his racist comment on Sonia Gandhi. The latest backlash on his opinion comes from Leslee Udwin, the maker of the controversial documentary “India’s Daughter”. Udwin contended to the CNN-IBN that Singh’s comments reflected a misogynist mindset and that ‘Singh is no better than a rapist’.

 “This really sickens me. The hypocrisy of mini mouthed, unthinking comments by those who say my film gives platform to rapists, but why has Indian Parliament for many years, given a platform to politicians making such misogynist comments. They are no worse, no better than Mukesh Singh’s comments,” Udwin said to CNN-IBN.

 Singh, a BJP Lok Sabha MP from Nawada district of Bihar and the Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), had remarked that Sonia Gandhi had been made the Congress President on the dint of her skin colour. “If Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian and if she wasn’t white skinned, would Congress accept her as a leader” said Singh.

 The BJP has condemned Singh’s comment as an insult to a woman’s dignity which made Singh retract his remarks. Singh maintains the comment was made “off the record” and was being taken out of context by the media. He also apologized to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in case he had inadvertently hurt their sentiments.

 While Sonia Gandhi chose to maintain an impassive exterior and merely noted that Singh’s seemed to posses a “narrow mentality”, Udwin went all out in her outrage and concluded that the Prime Minister should strip Giriraj Singh of his ministerial role.

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