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Delhi Court bans “India’s Daughter” in India

3/4/2015 7:46:01 PM

New Delhi: British filmmaker Leslee Udwin’s documentary film “India’s Daughter” has been banned in India. The film features conversations with Mukesh Singh and fellow convicts who raped and tortured a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in December 2012.

In the film Mukesh Singh blames the victim for the crime and resisting rape. He also says women are more responsible than men for rapes. 
“A Delhi court has passed (an) order prohibiting the publication and transmission of the interview till further orders,” said Rajan Bhagat, a spokesman for Delhi Police. “Mukesh made offensive and derogatory remarks against women, creating an atmosphere of fear and tension with the possibility of public outcry”, Bhagat further added. 

Reacting to the banning Leslee Udwin said, “I am deeply saddened by this ban, this is not reasoned behaviour”. Leslee worked with an Indian journalist for two years to film the hour-long documentary, culled from 31 hours of interviews with the rapists in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, South Asia’s largest prison complex. 

The home ministry said it plans to take legal action against the documentary filmmaker Leslee Udwin for violating stipulated permission conditions. Home Minister rajnath Singh raised the question in the Parliament and said he will investigate it so then law is not violated in the future. Singh said how she can get the permission to interview the rape accused, whereas Udwin claims she had obtained legal permission to speak to the convict at Delhi's Tihar Jail. 

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