India Ministry Moves To Block Airing Of Documentary On Rape

tfi_a374ada7f4d26fb1c8aba2084f645c7aWhile China is moving to block the airing of a documentary on pollution, India is moving to block the airing of a documentary on the scourge of its country: rape. India has long been accused of having a rape culture where women are blamed for their own victimization and the caste system (and poor legal system) continues to frustrate efforts to hold rapists accountable. That dire situation for women led to the much acclaimed documentary by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, “India’s Daughter.” The Indian government is so opposed to letting its citizens hear about such abuses that it is now threatening the BBC for airing the banned documentary.

The documentary deals with the gang rape and subsequent death of 23-year-old student Jyoti Singh on a bus in Delhi in December 2012 that we previously discussed. The most riveting portion of the film is the interview of Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus currently on death row in Delhi’s Tihar jail. Singh not only shows no remorse but blames the victim: “A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes.”

It is a view that is all too familiar to women in India, but the government wants the interview and the film quashed. India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the upper house: “When I heard about the documentary I was hurt. Under no circumstances should this be telecast. So we got a restraining order from the court.” Now there is solid logic. The film is deeply revealing and disturbing and therefore must be banned.

The Government insists that it is not clear who gave permission for the interview. However, the interview was clearly voluntary and he clearly received someone’s permission since he is in prison. None of that explains why the government would bar citizens from hearing this interview.

Source: Fox

41 thoughts on “India Ministry Moves To Block Airing Of Documentary On Rape”

  1. Sarcastic? Ironic? I’m just stating what I’ve always been taught: Diversity is a good thing, and in fact should be celebrated. No one culture is better than any other and one needs to be tolerant and non-judgmental towards cultures that may be different from one’s own.

  2. @Libby

    “We need to be tolerant of this different culture. Why do westerners always think they have a right to impose their cultural beliefs on others? Just because your culture believes the subjugation of women and censorship are wrong doesn’t mean it is a better culture, it is just different.

    “Diversity is awesome we need to be understanding of cultures and traditions that may be different from our own.”

    I truly and sincerely hope that you’re being ironic, here, and that you’re implicitly appealing to the cross-cultural reality of natural rights.

  3. Libby,
    Hopefully that was sarcasm. If not, then as a civil society we have to at least draw the line at inalienable rights and equal protection under the rule of law. Without that then we can no longer claim membership in civil society.

  4. @Nick Spinelli

    “And as I love to point out, the Western feminists whining about trivialities always shows just how elitist, clueless, and narcissistic they are when you see how women are treated in the rest of the world.”

    In keeping with this logic, the relatively elitist, clueless, and narcissistic women of India ought to quit whining about their country’s rape culture in view of the fact that in some countries female genital mutilation is traditional and girls can get shot in the face for having the temerity to go to school.

    I mean who wouldn’t rather get raped any old day than have their genitals mutilated or be shot in the face?

    Yes, Western feminists obviously need schooling in a little perspective, especially by no-nonsense, commonsensical, men who can mansplain things to them.

  5. We need to be tolerant of this different culture. Why do westerners always think they have a right to impose their cultural beliefs on others? Just because your culture believes the subjugation of women and censorship are wrong doesn’t mean it is a better culture, it is just different.

    Diversity is awesome we need to be understanding of cultures and traditions that may be different from our own.

    1. Libby

      We need to be tolerant of this different culture. Why do westerners always think they have a right to impose their cultural beliefs on others? Just because your culture believes the subjugation of women and censorship are wrong doesn’t mean it is a better culture, it is just different.

      Diversity is awesome we need to be understanding of cultures and traditions that may be different from our own.

      NO you are in denial. I know you are. I was gang raped and repressed it till this winter and I am 61. NO NO and NO NEVER

      If this is a Cultural Issue it must be Confronted and overcome.

      Sunil Khilnani in The Times of India: If we truly want to learn from the Delhi gang rape, we will dig to the roots of the problem

      …in a recent piece published in Bloomberg News, journalist Lisa Beyer drew attention to an extraordinary set of figures. According to UN statistics, Sweden has 63 rapes annually per 1,00,000 people, the UK 29, the US 27. India has 1.8. Such statistics make clear that India’s rape problem begins well before the stage of sentencing and punishment. The vast majority of rape crimes against women are not reported.

      Sometimes victims are held back by fear, shame, or mistrust of a police force whose own personnel are too often involved in such crimes themselves http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uQobrC002M—

  6. @JT

    “While China is moving to block the airing of a documentary on pollution, India is moving to block the airing of a documentary on the scourge of its country: rape.”

    And Glenn Greenwald points out yet another government’s censorship, invoked to protect its citizens from the scourge of “anti-western bias” in *all* its media:

    http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/28887-focus-uk-media-regulator-threatens-media-outlet-for-airing-anti-western-views

  7. The crime of Vietnam was stopped by the informed populace of the country perpetrating that crime. While the populace was ignorant and fed the reasoning of the military-industrialist oligarchs that it was all about us and them, one way or the other, patriotism, revenge for dead American soldiers, it was the good fight. It was only after the media made it apparent that Viet Nam was no threat to the US or Western Civilization, that millions of Vietnamese were being slaughtered along with tens of thousands of US soldiers, that the informed populace somehow got the message across to the idiots in Washington, that it must stop. To subdue the media in India is to distance the population from the crimes being committed and allow them to focus primarily on the wealth and prosperity of their new age. It’s funny how prosperity serves to justify or at the least ignore, certain actions and activities.

    It might have had something to do with the will of the Vietnamese people fighting for their rights, regardless of their ideology and the fact that China and the USSR would back Vietnam to the end, the end of Vietnam. It should, in India, have something to do with the fact that half the population is female. The women of India, unfortunately, must raise a louder cry. The prosperous of the Southern States had to be taken kicking and screaming to the truth regarding equality. Sometimes it takes violence to stop violence. It the truth was aired in India there would be much violence, but the cancer might just be cut out.

    The only source of effective change is from where truth is denied. Perhaps India will learn from the US, Great Britain, France, Germany, and the other colonial powers that once lived under the beliefs that some were not worth as much as others. Salvation comes from understanding all of history, not just selective parts that make one feel a little different and a little better, than…..

  8. India is a fascinating country. They have rocketed in economic status, yet still have in many ways a 3rd world culture. I hope capitalism helps elevate women into some higher standing in India than they currently have. And as I love to point out, the Western feminists whining about trivialities always shows just how elitist, clueless, and narcissistic they are when you see how women are treated in the rest of the world.

  9. Everyone in India is named Singh ……… also the comments are very revealing …. ” those men do NOT give their wives, daughters, and sisters any worth” [ Note the word ‘their’. ] ………. “Our culture doesn’t tolerate the raping of women” [ Note the word ‘women’. ] ………

    You can’t fix what you don’t see.

  10. Paul,
    Spot on! As I was reading the BBC article my mind kept drifting to this blog and the amount of pushback I’ve gotten over the last year when trying to defend natural rights. It would seem that in people’s zest to denounce religion that they reject the founding principles in the process. It really doesn’t matter what one’s belief in God is; it really doesn’t matter whether one believes in natural rights. The fact is our constitutional republic IS based on the belief we are all created equal, that we are endowed with certain unalienable rights.

    A free society can disagree on many things and still survive, but when they disagree on the very foundation upon which their social contract is based, well then all bets are off. Our culture doesn’t tolerate the raping of women; but we have a large percentage of the population that will sit and eat popcorn, cheering a government on as they strip us of the very liberties they were hired to secure. Isn’t that rape as well?

  11. Inga, you got it right about the fact that those men do NOT give their wives, daughters, and sisters any worth. That is why they can kill them with no remorse. Giving women ANY worth threatens their whole world view and their ability to control women at home especially.

  12. If Indian and Mideastern men have so little self control, that the mere sight of a woman makes them lose their minds, then it’s a reflection on themselves as humans. Giving women an unequal stays in their society perpetuates this rape culture. The acceptance of the notion that women are to blame because of what they wear, what time of evening they are out, if they’re out without a male companion ( although I think in one rape case the victim was with a male companion) is sick, twisted and cruel.

    For the government of India to prohibit the viewing of a documentary about rape is sending the message that nothing is going to change and it’s open season all year round on women. Don’t men in those cultures have daughters, sisters, mothers, or are they in capeable of empathy in light of their lust and violent tendencies? Perhaps they don’t give their own daughters, sisters or mothers any worth either.

  13. Sadly, we are in no place to complain. We have government workers hiding files, emails and documents and then telling courts they cannot find them. Censorship takes many forms.

  14. Honest science is an asset because truth rules the universe.

    False science is used by powerless dictators trying to rule by deceit!

  15. Just sweep it under the rug and no one will know it happens here. You can’t know about this so because we don’t want it to happen again 🙁

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