"Not watching the documentary because my government doesn't want me to watch it and I am a good boy like that", tweeted @dorkstar after BBC telecast India's Daughter on Thursday.
The documentary by Leslee Udwin on the brutal gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student in a moving bus on December 16, 2012, has been at the centre of a controversy since portions of it were released to the media. In the documentary, one of the convicts in the case, Mukesh Singh, is seen blaming the woman for the brutal assault, suggesting the victim would not have been killed if she had not fought back her attackers. He appears to blame her for not behaving like “a decent girl”.
The film has been blocked in India by the government and once again, @dorkstar says, tongue-in-cheek, "Glad that documentary was banned and no one now knows that rapes happen in India."
Evidently enough, the ban has not deterred people from watching the documentary. On the contrary, it may make it a success:
The documentary features interviews of the men convicted of the gangrape of the young woman, the defence lawyer AP Singh, ML Sharma and the parents of the victim among many others.
The documentary #IndiasDaughter cannot be seen by ANYONE. Er, no... make that Any Indian. Wait. I meant Any-Indian-with-no-Youtube-access.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 5, 2015
One of the defence lawyers, ML Sharma, reportedly says that India has the best culture and there is no place in it for friendship between men and women. He also goes on to say how in India, women are not allowed to go outside after 7pm or 8pm. He likens women to flowers which are worshipped when in temple but are spoiled in a gutter.
Another defence lawyer AP Singh echoes his sentiments and adds if a girl has to go out, she should go out only with their relatives and not boyfriend. He is the same man who had earlier said he would set his daughter/sister on fire if she had a premarital relationship.
Reactions have been pouring in from across the nation after people watched the documentary. From the rapist's comments to the lawyer's remarks, the documentary has invoked feelings of grief, anger and pity for the ignorance.
The rapist only shows us the banality of evil.More worrying is the lawyer who represents the rationalisation of evil. #IndiasDaughter— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) March 5, 2015
Eventually the rapist will be hanged. But the lawyer and others like him will continue to practice.— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) March 5, 2015
Almost done watching #IndiasDaughter. I can't believe we have shockingly bad defence lawyers like ML Sharma out there in this world.— Ram (@ram_k27) March 5, 2015
India's Daughter presents no new info to Indians BUT the lawyer interviews challenge the narrative that education immunizes against misogyny— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) March 5, 2015
Woke up feeling ashamed. Googled my symptoms. Turns out, I am an Indian and I don't need a whole lot of reasons.— Beefy ViRatty Hindu (@YearOfRat) March 5, 2015
If nothing else, Twitter is abuzz with dialogue and discourse on Twitter. People have also critically scrutinised the documentary:
But #IndiasDaughter isn't for an Indian audience. That said, there are issues, like its sensationalism. Did we need a "reconstruction"? No.— Deepanjana Pal (@dpanjana) March 5, 2015
Aside from Nirbhaya and rapists' mothers, there is no woman offering an analytical perspective for the first 20 minutes. That's a long time.— Deepanjana Pal (@dpanjana) March 5, 2015
Having said this @lesleeudwin 's film does have a voyeuristic quality.Will reinforce stereotypes in what is very complex,evolving society.— Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) March 5, 2015
Shouldn't we confront the evil, instead of wishing it away. What can be more horrific than the crime itself? #mirror2society— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) March 3, 2015
Filmmaker Udwin said she was saddened by the ban but insisted to HT that she had all the required clearances from Tihar and the home ministry along with signed consent forms from the convicts she interviewed.