India's Daughter: Screening of banned documentary leads to filmmaker's arrest

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New Delhi, Mar 15: An independent filmmaker who allegedly screened the controversial documentary featuring an interview of a Dec 16, 2012, gangrape convict despite orders prohibiting the same was arrested by police.

Police had registered an FIR in this connection under Section 188 of IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) at RK Puram police station after the documentary 'India's Daughter' was screened in south Delhi's Sant Ravi Dass camp area, where the gangrape convict used to live.

BBC documentary

"Filmmaker Ketan Dixit was arrested last night. He was later released on bail," said a senior police official. Dixit and some of his associates are alleged to have held the screening.

A trial court on March 4 had banned until further orders the broadcast of the interview of gangrape convict Mukesh Singh, which was conducted in July, 2013, inside Tihar jail here.

Earlier, a trial court had restrained the media from broadcasting or publishing the interview after Delhi Police registered an FIR in this regard and moved the court seeking a restraining order.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry had also issued an advisory to all television channels against airing the documentary.

The victim, a physiotherapy student, was gangraped and assaulted with an iron rod after she boarded an unregistered private bus with a male friend on the night of Dec 16, 2012.

Thirteen days later, she died due to the injuries inflicted upon her at a Singapore hospital where she was airlifted for treatment. Mukesh, along with three others, was convicted and sentenced to death in Sept, 2013, for the gangrape and murder of the 23-year-old victim.

PTI

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