The tragic and horrifying 2012 gang rape of “Nirbhaya” aka Jyoti Singh was a turning point of sorts for women’s rights in India. That’s So Gloss has previously followed protests in New Delhi following the same.
Now, a new BBC documentary “India’s Daughter” by Leslee Udwin aims to reignite the fight spurred by this important incident. Unfortunately, the government has chosen to ban the documentary in India-- a decision that has been widely criticized by individuals and institutions including the Editors Guild of India. Most importantly, it has been criticized by the victim’s mother Asha Devi and father Badri Singh. Badri Singh told NDTV that he believes everyone should see the documentary.
The documentary itself has met with its share of criticism- from not presenting any new facts per se, to being needlessly graphic to potentially dramatizing the incident. It has also given the rapists and their defenders a platform to make expectedly gruesome and inflammatory remarks such as:
Despite this, or perhaps because of it, India’s Daughter is a must watch. It’s not about the rapists alone, but the culture, social norms and attitudes that has given rise to such a high incidence of violence against women. Indeed, India has been ranked the worst G20 country to be a woman.
Despite the ban, the documentary continues to be posted (and promptly blocked) on various channels like YouTube and Vimeo. We urge you to google it, watch it and share it with your friends.