HC refuses plea to lift ban on airing BBC gangrape documentary

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2015 15:50 IST

The Delhi high court on Wednesday declined an interim prayer seeking lifting of ban on telecasting the controversial BBC documentary on the December 16 gangrape case convict's interview.

A bench of chief justice G Rohini and justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also observed that the information and broadcasting ministry has opposed airing of the documentary as it can "encourage and incite violence against women and thus compromise women safety".

"It is not a matter for interim relief. So we cannot grant the same at this stage. We have called for the original record, which has been produced before this court by the concerned ministry. We will go through it and then take up the matter," the bench said and listed the matter for further hearing on May 27.

The court declined interim relief on two PILs filed by three law students-Vibhor Anand, Arun Menon and Kritika Padode- to lift the ban on the ground that it is "a look at the mindset of one of the convicted rapists".

Opposing the request, government's standing counsel Monika Arora said the petitions should be dismissed by imposing cost on the petitioners.

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