One video that drags India back

There is a lot of fuss going on in the upper House of the Indian Parliament. Recently, the House had to be adjourned due to protests by wom...

There is a lot of fuss going on in the upper House of the Indian Parliament. Recently, the House had to be adjourned due to protests by women members of opposition parties that demanded that the screening of the documentary, 'India's Daughter' be stopped. They have a very valid reason for doing so: Such a film, if broadcast, would put India into poor light in the international community.

Leslee Udwin / The Guardian
However, BBC went on to broadcast the documentary in UK; and unfortunately, Indian courts have no authority over foreign workings. There were mixed reviews from the Indian community there; and no one appeared to have been particularly pleased with the presentation and handling of such a sensitive matter. Jaya Bacchan, in a recent interview, stated that the film made the rapist a 'national celebrity'- and there's no denial there.

There should not arise a misunderstanding here. I am not against free speech. I am not against the freedom of expression. Rather, I'd be the first guy to raise such issues. I am raising the outcry that this specific documentary should be rather banned is because it's just not worth it. Go back and introspect: do you really find this as a must watch? A lot have echoed my opinion; an articulately written article titled 'Here's why I wish I hadn't watched Leslee Udwin's BBC documentary India's Daughter' especially caught my eye.

On a different perspective, the interview has revealed quite a lot of the typical convict's mindset. The shocking fact is that the offender, Mukesh Singh, has shown no remorse and has instead, directed the blame on the victim herself. It is a clear indication that something is terribly wrong: our idea of a woman. Who is a woman? Is she merely an object to toy with? Definitely not. She is the person to be respected the most. No nation can progress without respecting it's female population.

Such acts are worthy of condemnation, but a documentary film by a BBC Journalist is not just required. The documentary has put India into poor light by dragging on something that is already over. After all, there is no use looking back at the past.  

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