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Filmmaker Leslee Udwin Attacks Ban Of Her Documentary #IndiasDaughter

#IndiasDaughter, Leslee Udwin’s BBC documentary about the deadly 2012 Delhi rape case that spurned a protest movement, has been banned by an Indian court. In the ruling, the British filmmaker is accused for interviewing one of the convicted rapists in jail. Indian authorities claim that the man’s chilling remarks could inspire more violence. In a shocking attack on free speech, they have even demanded a global ban of Udwin’s film. But the truth is far more complicated.

In 2012, medical student Jyoti Singh boarded a bus in Delhi and was attacked by a group of men. They gang-raped her, mutilated her with extreme brutality and threw her off the bus. Singh died a few days after the attack. With none of the rapists showing any signs of remorse, the case brought mass protests all over India and even in other countries.

What spurned the protests was anger at a culture that systematically blames women for the high number of rapes in the country. That’s exactly what Leslee Udwin reveals in #IndiasDaughter. Even when confronted with the entire list of horrible injuries inflicted on his victim, rapist Mukesh Singh, who is facing the death penalty, showed no remorse. “Housework and housekeeping is for girls”, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes.” The prisoner defended rape as “teaching them a lesson”. He went on to say, “When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape… The death penalty will make things even more dangerous for girls. Now when they rape, they won’t leave the girl like we did. They will kill her.”

According to Leslee Udwin, this isn’t just the disturbing voice of one perverted offender. In a BBC commentary, the filmmaker wrote, “These offences against women and girls are a part of the story, but the full story starts with a girl not being as welcome as a boy, from birth… If a girl is accorded no value, if a girl is worth less than a boy, then it stands to reason there will be men who believe they can do what they like with them… Gender-inequality is the primary tumor and rape, trafficking, child marriage, female foeticide, honor killings and so on, are the metastases.”

For her brave stance on women’s rights, many in India have attacked Udwin as a “racist” who, coming from the UK, is judging a country whose culture she cannot understand. I spoke about this with Hollywood filmmaker Chris Silber, who is good friends with Udwin and has collaborated on a British feature film with her in 2006.

Here’s what Silber said: “I have known Leslee Udwin for over 10 years. She has always been a fighter, vivid and fearless, and deeply concerned about the rights of minorities and the oppressed. To attack Leslee as a judgmental outsider to India is preposterous. She has made two feature films exploring the dialog between English and Indian culture, which have been loved all over the world. She is one of the most open, encouraging people I have had the honor to work with.”

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