India Bans Controversial Delhi Rape Documentary

The film, India’s Daughter, has ignited local tensions, release date delayed by the city’s police office indefinitely.

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Three years after 23-year-old Indian med student Jyoti Singh was fatally gang raped on a New Delhi bus, sparking international outrage and a wave of sexual assault reforms in the country, the government has banned a documentary on the woman’s plight. The film, India’s Daughter, which captures one of the rapists blaming his victim, has ignited controversy and the release had been delayed by the city’s police office because of its “objectionable content.” As Agence France-Presse reported, a court order Tuesday prevented Indian television from airing the film, the rationale shaky at best. “We have only seen the promotional parts of the film,” said police spokesman Rajan Bhagat. “Based on that we took the matter to court because we felt that it will cause likely apprehension of public disorder.” Others are saying that it may give further public voice to the assailants. Directed by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, the doc was supposed to be shown in several theaters across the country this Sunday, as well as Britain, Denmark, Sweden and several other countries, in honor of International Women’s Day.

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