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31 arguments for and against airing December 16 gangrape documentary

India's Daughter, a documentary on the December 16 Delhi gangrape, has triggered debates everywhere — from dinner tables to televisions screens.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2015 03:39 IST
Vishakha Saxena

India's Daughter, a documentary on the December 16 Delhi gangrape, has triggered debates everywhere — from dinner tables to televisions screens.

The documentary by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin shows an interview with one of the six men who fatally raped a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in 2012. The government has served a legal notice to the BBC in connection with the documentary, which has been uploaded on video sharing website YouTube by several individuals.

Despite a ban by the government, the BBC aired the documentary in the UK on March 5. It was initially scheduled to be screened on March 8, the International Women's Day. The documentary was also to be telecast on Sunday in seven countries, including on NDTV in India.

While the government and the BBC are trying to remove the documentary videos from YouTube, its clips have reached corners of the internet the government would find tough to control.

In an effort to capture some of the conversations regarding the documentary, we asked readers to share their opinions with us.

Those who want the documentary to be aired commonly used the words "my right", "truth", "reflection", "society", "freedom", "responsibility" and "mirror". "Freedom of speech" wrote 40-year-old Nawal from Dehradun. "Transparency" wrote Navi, 38, from Gurgaon.

Here's a word cloud of the responses supporting the documentary:



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Those who don't want the documentary to be aired in India commonly used the words "glorify", "insult", "justifies rape", "national interest", "sick", "banned", "bad light" and "hanged by now". Vertika, a 22-year-old from Delhi, wrote "We don't need the sick views of the psychopath rapist." 68-year-old Paul wrote "Gets a wrong message to society" from the USA.

Here's a word cloud of their responses:

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About the survey

We received 552 unique responses in about 20 hours. Of these, 393 wanted the documentary to be aired while 159 were against it.

Among those in favour, 24% (92) were under 25 years of age, 59% (233) were aged between 25 and 50 years and 17% (68) were more than 50-years-old. On the other side of the debate, 16% (26) respondents were under-25-years while 62% (99) were aged between 25 and 50 years. 22% (34) were more than 50-years-old.

128 responses came from Delhi, which saw passionate agitations for women safety after December 16. While 95 of these supported the film, 33 were against it.We also received 125 responses from outside India -- 86 for and 39 against the documentary.

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We decided to compile some arguments that stuck out. Here's a look at 31 arguments for and against the film:

AGAINST

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FOR

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Footnotes:

1. HT could not independantly verify the personal information provided by the respondants.

2. Some responses may have been edited for language, grammar and accuracy.