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I also feel that by calling the documentary 'India's Daughter', the film-maker has in a way reinforced exactly those stereotypes that we so desperately need to do away with. India undoubtedly is a difficult place for women but so is the rest of the world.
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The film needs to be screened not because it is going to bring about even an iota of change. It needs to be screened so that Indians can have their own reactions and responses to the film--to like it, to hate it and to criticise it--rather than being fed vicariously the views and opinions of those who have seen it and have the right to see it.
I want to tell my story to all the 'bad' women (a full 80% of the female population, after all)--those who are prone to 'western culture', 'wear jeans' or use 'mobile phones'. I want to tell them how I was successful in saving myself from getting raped in a country where every 20 minutes a woman suffers a sexual assault.
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Is this film part of protest culture? Does it strengthen the rule of law, which in turn will end impunity for rape? Far from it. It violates the fundamentals of the Indian Constitution and of our laws.
You would think an Indian politician can make it through ONE day without resorting to sexism of any kind. But apparently that isn't possible. Rajya Sabha members were discussing a bill seeking to rais...
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Criminal trials increasingly operate in a world of saturation media coverage. It is time to acknowledge this fact in our treatment of them. The incarceration of the accused while adjudication of the case is still pending leaves them with limited resources to state their case in the court of public opinion, while the prosecution has no such limitations. Often access to the media, even if limited, enables the accused to provide their side of the story.
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Though well intentioned, Udwin's take on the issues of gender violence, and what the film dubs as India's "rape problem," does more harm than good to the greater struggle for gender equality in India. Far from casting a contemplative reflection on the incident and its aftermath, India's Daughter feels more like an investigative expose replete with detailed re-enactments of the incident, which in a perverse way fetishises the rape and glorifies the violent incident, tropes that are familiar to those of us who grew up watching films about India.
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The government banning this film proves how weak our state is. By going to the courts, the Indian government is turning a blind eye to this woman and the many women who have been subjected to this kind of discrimination. It reflects the government's lack of desire to work toward lasting changes. We take pride in being a democracy, but hide behind a ban when a documentary really highlights a condemnable social plague that we have just accepted to be a part of our lives.
British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, director of the banned documentary India's Daughter, has responded to a number of allegations levelled against her in recent interviews to The Hindu and The Economic Ti...
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Popular Indian news channel NDTV stopped their programming for one hour on Sunday evening, protesting the ban on Leslee Udwin's controversial BBC documentary India's Daughter. The channel ran a blank...
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New Delhi — The Bar Council of India (BCI) late last night issued show cause notices to two lawyers who had appeared for the accused in the December 16 gangrape case for allegedly making derogatory an...
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Instead of keelhauling her, Udwin should be thanked for her work. It is not a "skewed western view" of the incident, but a narrative held by those affected by the case.
YouTube has begun complying with Indian government orders to block Leslee Udwin's controversial BBC documentary India's Daughter, which was being viewed widely on the internet following a restraining...