India's Daughter aired in UK: BBC has hurt India's pride, says Nirbhaya's family

New Delhi, Mar 5: Surprised at the airing of the documentary made by BBC on the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang rape, the victim's family said on Thursday that it "hurt the pride of India".

'BBC has hurt India's pride'

"I am surprised that BBC aired its documentary and it was later uploaded on YouTube in spite of the court's restraining order. BBC hurt the pride of India," the rape victim's father said.

Asked about his reaction to the airing of the documentary "India's Daughter", he said it clearly shows that they (BBC) "don't have fear of Indian law and our country".

The documentary stirred a controversy after some comments by one of the convicts, Mukesh Singh, hit the headlines as he openly blamed the victim for the rape.

The father further said the BBC filmmaker had met him before making the documentary but they did not tell him that they will take the convict's interview.

Recalling his interaction with the filmmaker, he said: "After making the documentary, they had come to meet me. They wanted to take my signature on a paper before releasing their documentary, but I refused to do so."

His wife also agreed with him.

"The documentary should not have been released after the court's restraining order," she added.

Brushing aside Indian protests, the BBC telecast the documentary on Thursday.

The hour-long documentary was then uploaded on YouTube by an individual, effectively making it available to a global audience.

The documentary, by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, drew criticism from Indian MPs as to how the convict was interviewed in jail.


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