BBC’s Banned New Delhi Gang Rape Documentary Is Now On YouTube
Just a day ago, the Indian Parliament banned an airing of BBC’s latest Storyville documentary, “India’s Daughter,” which focuses on the brutal 2012 Delhi rape of 23-year old Jyoti Singh, who was gang raped by four men on a public bus as she returned home from seeing a movie with a male companion. Singh died two days later from her injuries, and all four men were swiftly thrown in jail by the Indian government and sentenced to the death penalty. BBC had planned to air the documentary on March 8th to coincide with International Women’s Day, but pushed its release up to March 4th in the UK as a response to India’s ban. The documentary has since been posted to YouTube en masse.
Director Leslee Udwin’s film paints India in an immensely positive light for the country’s widespread social outcry against the crimes, as well as how swiftly the Indian government brought charges against the attackers and sentenced them to the death penalty. Despite that, Indian officials fought to have the documentary banned in India for fear that it would defame the country. India’s parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu went so far as to allege that “this is an international conspiracy to defame India. We will see how the film can be stopped abroad too.”
A large portion of Udwin’s documentary includes a stomach-turning interview with one of the attackers, Mukesh Singh (above), who shows no remorse for the attacks whatsoever. He tells Udwin that only 20 percent of girls are good, and that they should stay in their homes, before stating that his execution will only lead to more deaths by rape in the country. Says Singh, “Before, they would rape and say, ‘Leave her, she won’t tell anyone.’ Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl. Death.”
Since the BBC’s release of the documentary last night, multiple copies have sprung up all over YouTube. While the Indian government is petitioning YouTube to pull the videos (and the BBC is complying by filing half-hearted copyright infringement claims to YouTube), multiple shadows of the hour-long documentary continue to proliferate widely on the Internet. The documentary is painful to watch and breathtaking all the same — and should be required viewing for everyone. You can watch below.