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NDTV 24×7 to premiere documentary on Delhi gang rape

MUMBAI: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, English news channel NDTV 24×7 will premiere the documentary film ‘India’s Daughter’ giving an insight into the brutal gang rape of a girl in Delhi.

An India–UK co-production, the film is directed and produced by Leslee Udwin and co-produced by Dibang. It will air on the channel at 9 pm, 8 March.

The world premiere of the film will be shown in India and simultaneously in the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, and Canada.

‘India’s Daughter’ gives an account of the horrific gang rape of a girl in the national capital, which sent shockwaves across the country and beyond in December 2012. It also highlights the protests and riots that erupted across India in the aftermath of the incident.

Describing what prompted her to make the documentary, Udwin said, “When news of this gang rape hit our TV screens in December 2012, I was as shocked and upset as we all are when faced with such brazen abandon of the norms of ‘civilised’ society. But what actually inspired me to commit to the harrowing and difficult journey of making this film was the optimism occasioned by the reports that followed the rape. Courageous and impassioned ordinary men and women of India braved the December freeze to protest in unprecedented numbers, withstanding an onslaught of teargas shells, lathi charges, and water cannons, to make their cry of ‘enough is enough’ heard.”

With exclusive and unprecedented access, the film examines the values and mindsets of the perpetrators of the crime. In particular, Mukesh Singh’s interview offers an insight into his attitude towards women and into why men rape.

In his interview, he says women are more responsible for rape than men, that women should not travel late at night, or go to discos and bars, or wear the ‘wrong clothes’. He also claims that his execution will make life more dangerous for future rape victims.

Referring to rape and responsibility, Singh said, “You can’t clap with one hand—it takes two hands. A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy is. Boy and girl are not equal. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 per cent of girls are good.”

Singh stated that the rape and beatings were to teach Jyoti and her friend a lesson that they should not have been out late at night.

About her encounter with the rapists (during 31 hours of interviews in Tihar Jail, over seven days), Udwin said, “The horrifying details of the rape had led me to expect monsters. The shock for me was discovering that the truth couldn’t be further from this. These were ordinary, apparently normal, and certainly unremarkable men, who shared a rigid and ‘learnt’ set of attitudes towards women. What I learned from these encounters is the degree to which society itself is responsible for these men and for their actions. These rapists are not the disease; they are the symptoms. Gender inequality is the disease, and gender equality is the solution.”