Some comments on the “India’s Daughter” documentary

rape protestsUnlike some Indian or Indian origin commentators (particularly in the social media), I feel that the BBC had the right to publish the documentary “India’s Daughter” and that the Indian government shouldn’t create a huff about it. Freedom in such matters is virtually absolute, no matter if the documentary reflects badly on India (and by logically extension, Indians).

The documentary does bring out the chilling and sick mentality in rapists and deserves to be watched. It is available here.

A negative aspect of the documentary is of course that it does indeed make it appear that India has a worse rape problem than everywhere else in the world, the “rape capital”.

The story is doing the rounds at the moment about how a German professor refused to take on an Indian male intern because of the high incidence of the rape problem in India. This is of course a direct ramification of the BBC documentary.

Already at a writers meet a week ago I had a lady talking to me about how chilling watching the interview was – which is fair – but also her comments expanded to go on about how f**ked up India is – despite having herself leaning heavily on Indian philosophy, yoga, metaphysics etc in her personal life.

Does India have a worse problem with rape and sexual abuse than most other countries; probably not. The problem with even writing such is that it makes me seem like someone who cares more about the image of India than of the sufferings of the victim of this horrendous gang rape. I do not.

A brief summary demonstrating the facts relating to rape in India compared with the rest of the world is available here: Why rape in India seems worse than everywhere else but actually isn’t | TIME.COM

Despite now having a reputation for having a worse problem with rape and sexual abuse than the rest of the world, undeservedly, the best thing for us to do is take it on the chin, and actually keep trying to do what we have been doing for some time with the admirable protests against rape that took place all over the world, which actually led to legal changes in India, and without which the BBC documentary would not even have existed. We need to also do what we can to weed out the f**cked up attitudes and mentality wherever we find it that women don’t have the right to do what they want and go where they want safely. Just because we are not worse than everyone else, does not mean that we should not aim for being a lot better than we currently are.

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  1. The BBC production India’s Daughter has been generally seen in the country as “a fake film” (to quote Nirbhaya’s male friend who was with her that fateful night and suffered a fearful beating).
    “The documentary is unbalanced as the victim’s viewpoint is missing,” Avanindra Pandey told IBN Live. “The facts are hidden and the content is fake.”
    Supporting the government’s decision to ban the film, he said “the documentary is far from truth.”
    As with almost every Indian who has watched the film, he found the jailhouse interview with the rapist offensive.
    “A controversy was created unnecessarily and was sensationalized,” he told IBN. “The documentary made fun of emotions and questioned the law and order situation in our country.”
    Leslee Udwin, the movie’s director has dodged that charge in numerous interviews.
    For instance, in answer to a specific question about that by The Hindu she complimented Prime Minister Modi and then added, “All I wanted was to say to the world is that India led by example, now follow India’s lead. This was the point of my film and campaign.”
    She has also sought to pass herself off as the “world-renowned” winner of “a British Oscar” and thus presumably beyond question.
    In the same grand vein she has pushed the rather maniacal notion that by banning her film India “committed international suicide.”
    Indian feminists have generally not taken too kindly to the “White woman’s burden of rape in India” and even usually conservative voices have noted the hypocrisy of the whole exercise.
    One retired diplomat circulated reports from the British Press that on average there were about 35 rapes a week in London taxi cabs.

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