New Delhi, March 4: The controversial documentary on the Delhi gangrape, which features an interview with one of the six accused, has embroiled a controversy.
In the documentary ‘India's Daughter', Mukesh Kumar, who is on death row in the December 16 gang-rape case, showed no remorse for the rape during the interview he gave to British filmmaker. In the interview, Kumar reportedly said that women are more responsible for rape than men.
He also says that women who go out at night have only themselves to blame if they attract the attention of gangs of male molesters.
"A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," he said. Singh also said that had the girl and her friend not tried to fight back, the gang would not have inflicted the savage beating which led to her death later.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the government has taken necessary action to stop the telecast of a documentary based on the interview with a convict in the Dec 16 gang-rape case.
The FIR was registered under IPC sections relating to statements conducing to create public mischief, intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace, intent to cause or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of a woman and under the IT Act provisions of punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service at the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police.
Late last evening, Delhi Police moved Metropolitan Magistrate Puneet Pahwa at Patiala House here and obtained an order restraining the media from broadcasting, publishing or transmitting the controversial interview till further orders.
Here are some reactions on the controversy:
Nirbhaya's father: Such people don't want women in India to have freedom. Girls can work or travel whenever they want. His statements hold no value.
Leslee Udwin, British filmmaker: We took a lot of time to make the film... almost two years. If we had something sensational, then we would have thrown it out immediately. There is nothing sensational about the film. It's a very serious campaign film in public interest.
Rajnath Singh, Home Minister: Our government condemns the incident of 2012. The government has taken necessary action and secured a court order restraining telecast of the film.
Kirron Kher, BJP MP: Mentality needs to be changed. They don't consider women human beings.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: I&B Ministry has issued a notice that documentary won't go on air because of the language used by culprit in the documentary.
Jaya Bachchan, SP MP: Women do not want "crocodile tears" of the government and wanted it take action immediately.
BS Bassi, Delhi Police commissioner: Prima facie, there is no criminality in giving permission for an interview. The documentary filmmaker was allowed to hold the interview under certain conditions, one of which was that it should contain nothing against the law.