23-year-old Jyoti Singh was gang raped and murdered in Delhi in 2012. Producer Leslee Udwin interviewed one of the rapists convicted for her film India’s Daughter.
“A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy,” Mukesh Singh (pictured) says in the film. “A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night … Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes.”
Critics say the country is banning the film out of fear it will bring shame to India.
“It’s sad that the Indian government has such a narrow vision,” said Kripa Sekhar, executive director of the South Asian Women’s Centre in Toronto. “It could have been a very powerful moment for the government to take a stand and support the significance of this film.”
But the President of India’s Supreme Court Bar Association disagreed.
“It’s indecent. It’s immoral and it could incite further violence against women. I don’t think any civilized society should see it,” said Dushyant Dave.
You can read the fillmaker’s comments on the ban in the CBC.