Social media has been swept by a barrage of conflicting reactions over the airing of the documentary by Leslee Udwin on the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedic student in a moving bus on December 16, 2012.
The documentary featuring interviews of the men convicted of the gangrape and murder of the young woman has been at the centre of a controversy ever since portions of it were released to the media.
@iyerkavi tweeted “Haven't watched #IndiasDaughter, so no opinion on the film, color of its lens. But ridiculous to say rapists mustn't speak to us. #Nirbhaya”.
Opinion is divided about whether or not to ban the film, India’s Daughter, with some asking why ban a movie on the basis of excerpts released:
Just wish before you ban a film, or a book, people in power would atleast watch/read it. Blackouts will not mask the truth.— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) March 3, 2015
Appalling that there are/were more tongues wagging in Delhi over the Maha Beef ban than over the Nirbhaya docu controversy ( at least on SM)— Rahool (@ImSpacemanSpiff) March 4, 2015
My greatest fear re: BBC's ban is - our consent now will be used as precedent for the govt. to decide what reporting is & isn't good for us.— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) March 4, 2015
India is a scared society. Very scared. Scared to face the truth. The rapist in the documentary has said what many believes in. So ban it.— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) March 4, 2015
Look at evil. Understand it. Don't censor it. #IndiasDaughter— Novarist (@novarist) March 4, 2015
#NirbhayaInsulted rapist ideas shared by many people & some of them in highest office. Why is this outrage? No point in turning a blind eye
— Sameer Khan (@SamKhan999) March 3, 2015
Some people like @AjayGrover29 think that media channels are merely cashing in on the interview. “#NirbhayaInsulted and news channels want to get footage from that interview”, he tweeted.
Actor Pooja Bedi has implied that giving the rapist a platform where each and every one can hear him was an insensitive move. “If u were brutally raped.. & UR CONVICTED rapist spoke on TV about how u should have laid back & not fought How wld u feel? #NirbhayaInsulted”, she tweeted.
Portions of the interview -- in which, Mukesh Singh, the death row inmate is seen blaming the woman for the brutal assault -- have appeared in the media and on YouTube.
Some people are arguing that this glorifies the rapists, that they are being given an opportunity to voice their opinions on not just a nationwide platform, but on an international platform.
Hey BBC, why the hell do you need to interview a killer rapist? And why do u want to air it? All u are doing is morally sanctioning his act.— Roflindian 2.0 (@Roflindian) March 2, 2015
#NirbhayaInsulted "Freedom of Expression" doesn't allow one to be insensitive and airing of documentary would be contempt of court too.— Vijay Maroo (@vijaymaroo) March 4, 2015