外文标题：Documentary on Nirbhaya goes viral, govt slammed for censorship
The government’s strenuous efforts to keep the controversial documentary on Nirbhaya canned met with stern responses from the BBC, which went ahead and broadcast it ignoring legal notices, and the Editors’ Guild that called the ban “unwarranted” and wanted it revoked.
The ban seemed futile with the documentary going viral and the government’s attempts at stuffing the genie back in the bottle failing. Lakhs viewed the documentary online, even after it was taken down by YouTube on Thursday and civil society questioned the government’s decision.
The BBC, which has telecast the documentary in UK, openly confronted the Indian government, saying ‘India’s Daughter’ has a strong public interest in raising awareness of a global problem like rape and hence is “satisfied with the editorial standards of the film”. The film “is an important account of an event that galvanized Indian opinion to ensure such tragedies are not repeated”. The Union home ministry had sent legal notices, seeking a ban on its broadcast globally. BBC did not telecast it in India.
Banning is always counter productive more so in the present internet era.
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dirty politics smells from this episode , instead of true benefit to people .
I too watched the documentary. There is nothing in it that should have been treated as controversial. The documentary rather strengthen the faith that a beast cannot be totally reformed. Moreover Mukesh Singh has tried to diminish the degree of his crime by portraying others more brutal His open confession can be used against other three.
the uk is around 250,000 sq kms in size. its population is around 60 million. the indian state of Maharashtra is around 300,000 sq kms in size and has a population of around 110 million. number of rapes in Maharashtra in 2013 is around 3000. average number of rapes in uk every year is 85,000. and the british are making a film about rape in india?
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There is nothing weong with the documentry.. BBC has done a fine job. It is a harsh wake up call to Indians that such sick mentality still exists… The comments of the defence lawyers made me puke. … This is the time for major effort towards mindset change. By bannibg the documentry the Govt proved that it is a lame duck govt…. Guys we voted you to bring in change not ban things that can drive change.
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I was listening to Leslie udwin saying that this documentary is not just about india and that she wanted to expose the rapists mentality to the world. Good work Leslie. How about following up on the British paedophiles who abused kids in Mumbai and fledr from the country to avoid a trial…. There are a few more of them from Britain absconding after abusing kids in india. ….are you going to do anything for these kids too. And fight for their cause since you seemto care so much? Or is your awareness drive very selective and full of double standards
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