Revoke ban on December 16 rape documentary: Editors Guild of India

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2015 22:06 IST

The Editors Guild of India on Friday appealed to the government to revoke the ban on the December 16 gangrape documentary, saying the move was "wholly unwarranted"

The Guild said in a statement in Delhi that the BBC documentary, 'Storyville: India's daughter', portrayed the courage, sensibility and liberal outlook of a family traumatised by the brutality inflicted on their daughter and the contining "shameful attitudes" towards women among the convict as well as the educated, including lawyers.

"The message that emerges from the documentary is wholly positive and its power is such as to make people re-examine their own attitudes and the attitudes of people around them," it said.

The statement said the rationale that the ban was in the interests of justice and public order as the film "created a situation of tension and fear amongst women" seems to be an after-thought.

The Guild appealed to the Central Government to revoke the ban and enable the people to view "the positive and powerful documentary touching on the freedom, dignity and safety of women."

The documentary includes a controversial interview conducted by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin of Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus in which the 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gangraped by six men on December 16, 2012.

Mukesh has made derogatory statements against women in the documentary. There has also been a controversy over the remarks by Mukesh's lawyer, with rights activists saying they were clearly sexist.

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