When you go to talk to a rapist, you can’t expect a religious sermon from him. And when the rapist is a criminal, you may expect worse. So the defenders of India’s Daughter, a documentary which carries an interview of Nirbhaya’s rapist, might want to make their arguments stronger. A rapist could have only spoken like he spoke!
When Javed Akhtar says that such a film is inevitable because it gives an insight into the mind of an Indian male who thinks of women as nothing more than sex objects, he must know that we have had an overdose of that information. The need of the hour is to work towards changing this mindset which seems to be set in stone. This documentary most definitely does not help in that direction.
The only thing that this documentary has done is glorified a rapist. There he sat in front of the camera, clean-shaven, in washed, ironed clothes, smiling now and then as he blamed Nirbhaya for the rape. When the defenders argue that rapists should be named and shamed, they ought to know that all of Nirbhaya’s perpetrators (except the juvenile) were appropriately named and shamed two years back. The worldwide protests following the horrific incident forced the authorities to expose the rapists. Until then, rapists’ faces were covered and their identities were kept secret for some strange reason.
And the most striking thing about India’s Daughter is that Nirbhaya’s real name and her identity has been revealed in the film. But even the name of rapist Mukesh Singh has not been revealed!
A western journalist or filmmaker will of course make such a film because such stories from the third world earn anyone their fair…unfair share of fame and moolah. It was upon our authorities to have been careful about not allowing the filmmaker access to the rapist. Indira Jaising rightly challenges the filmmaker that she should name the Supreme Court Judges from whom she claims to have obtained opinion on the case.
Also, there is a rule that any foreign filmmaker can shoot/make a film in India only after approval from a ministry official. And the filmmaker has to show the government of India ministry concerned the full unedited film two weeks before the release. The officials responsible for negligence in this case, should be brought to book for negligence.
Though the Indian media has conceded to the orders by the home ministry and stopped the telecast of the documentary, BBC is airing it. Well, of course, the channel would get enough TRPs at the expense of third world’s miseries. BBC would not telecast the beheading of Jordanian pilot by ISIS. But they are repeatedly showing Nirbhaya’s case. What double standards! And like G Parthasarathy puts it, there’s another aspect about British media. They see some kind of ego pampering in showing their former colonies in bad light.
By all means, India’s Daughter is nothing but glorification of a rapist and a sickening attempt by channels and a failed filmmaker to try their hand at fame and money.
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