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#ShutOut: India bans broadcast of film in which Delhi rapist blames victim

The Indian government has banned the broadcast of a documentary film about the 2012 Delhi gang rape in which one of the men convicted of the attack blames the victim for her death.

In the film, titled ‘India’s Daughter’, Mukesh Singh tells filmmaker Leslee Udwin that the 23-year-old victim Jyoti Singh Pandey was beaten to death “because she had fought back instead of enduring the attack”. 

In the interview, recorded at Delhi’s Tihar Jail where Singh is appealing his death sentence, Singh also said: “A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy … A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night … Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes.”

The documentary is set to be broadcast by a number of global networks this Sunday which is International Women’s Day.

NDTV was set to broadcast it in India.

However, on Tuesday India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry issued a ban on the broadcast following a police complaint. 

The Indian home minister, Rajnath Singh, was reportedly “furious” that a foreign filmmaker was allowed to interview Mukesh Singh inside the jail. 

India Today reported that the Home Minister ordered the ban as it believed that the “archaic views of a rapist” should not be broadcast to the public.

Ludwin, who reportedly grilled Singh for 16 hours over three days, insists that she had the necessary authorizations.

“I tried to know what Mukesh thinks about women and what led him to do this,” she said.

Udwin added that there is no “sensationalism” in the film and that it was not about “giving a platform to rapists”.

“I hope people will watch it and understand and change. There is no point in hiding the pain,” she said.

On Wednesday the BBC said that it had brought forward airing the documentary owing to the “international interest” surrounding the program. 

Storyville – India’s Daughter, BBC4, Wednesday 04 March, 10pm

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