The man who was with the Delhi gang rape victim on the night of the attack has slammed a documentary on the incident, describing it as “fake”.
Speaking to Indian portal IBNLive, Avanindra Pandey described Leslee Udwin’s ‘India’s Daughter’ as an “unbalanced” portrayal of the tragic incident.
Mr Pandey was with 23-year-old physiotherapy student Jyoti Singh on the evening of 16 December 2012 when the two friends were lured into a bus where he was badly beaten while five men took it in turns to gang rape Ms Singh.
Mr Pandey said: “The documentary is unbalanced as the victim’s viewpoint is missing. The facts are hidden and the content is fake. Only Jyoti and I know what happened on that night and the documentary is far from truth.”
‘India’s Daughter’ featured interviews with Ms Singh’s parents, women’s rights campaigners and, most notably, one of the rapists – Mukesh Singh – whose regressive views on women and what occurred on the night caused revulsion around the world.
It was his appearance that prompted the Indian government to ban the film in India with Home Minister Rajnath Singh saying the country could do without the “archaic views of a rapist”.
Mr Pandey said he supported the ban.
“A controversy was created unnecessarily and was sensationalised. The documentary made fun of emotions and questioned the law and order situation in our country.
“The documentary has dented country’s image and questioned law and order situation. The documentary showed that any individual can enter the Central Jail of our country and can interview a criminal,” Mr Pandey added.
He also cast doubt on the one person Udwin uses as a close associate of Ms Singh – a man named Satendra who claimed to be her “tutor” and who described in detail what the friends were doing on the fateful night.
Mr Pandey however, said he had never heard of Satendra.
“How does he know which movie I wanted to watch on that night,” he queries.
Mr Pandey also confirmed that he had been approached to be a part of the documentary but had refused due to “health issues”.