65% believe documentary on Dec 16 gangrape should be aired: HT poll

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 11, 2015 15:16 IST

Nearly two-third of those who took part in an Hindustan Times web poll on Tuesday felt that the government should allow BBC to air the interview of the December 16 gangrapist.

Of the 4,789 votes ( 65.71%) cast till 8am on Wednesday, 3,147 felt that the Union government should not put a restraining order on the interview slated to be aired on International Women's Day.

1,564 people, which is about 32.66%, felt that the BBC should not be allowed to air the interview of 16/12 gangrape convict Mukesh Singh. The remaining 1.63% did not decide either way.

Delhi Police had on Tuesday registered an FIR against unknown persons and said they would move court seeking a restraining order to stop the airing of the interview. The information and broadcasting ministry later sent an advisory to all news channels telling them not to carry the story.

The FIR has been registered under sections 504 (insult to provoke breach of peace), 505 (1) B (cause fear or alarm to public) and 509 (word, act to insult modesty of woman) of the Indian Penal Code and section 66 (A) of the IT Act, which empowers the police to make arrests over social media posts.

Portions of the interview -- in which the death row inmate was seen blaming the 23-year old victim for the brutal assault-- have appeared in the media and on YouTube.

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