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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 18:02   NewsX Bureau

Debate, discussion and inquiry on Nirbhaya documentary 'India's Daughter'

After a heated debate and expression of anger in Rajya Sabha today over the interview of the December 16 gangrape convict, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh clarified governments stand to the House and said that government will not allow the telecast of the documentary “India's Daughter,” which is based on the 2012 Delhi gang-rape.

Assuring full investigation Home Minister Rajnath Singh said ‘I was deeply hurt by the news of this broadcast. Leslee broke rules, permission was for social purpose. Our society is one that respects women. He added that Filmmaker has violated all terms of permission.’

Government has ordered an inquiry to fix the responsibility and to know how the permission was granted to interview one of the rapists on death row in the case. The minister said in future such interviews and telecasts will not be done. We have obtained a restraining order against the documentary.

In the interview, Mukesh Singh, who was awarded death sentence for the brutal gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in Delhi, has blamed women for rape and said women who went out at night is far more responsible for rape than a boy.

Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore has also issued a notice banning the telecast of the documentary. He said airing of Documentary would be Contempt of Court. He also said that indecent language used to incite violence against women.

On the other hand Leslee had on Tuesday claimed that she had had permission from Ministry of Home Affairs and Tihar Jail authorities to interview the convict.
Nominated members Anu Aga and Javed Akhtar defends documentary and questioned the move to block the documentary. Javed Akhtar demands lift of ban on film where as leading businesswoman and social activist Anu Aga feels film is necessary to expose mindset.

Meekashi Lekhi of the BJP said, "Matter should be investigated, the police should take appropriate action." Her colleague Kirron Kher said, those people haven't learned anything all these years."

Earlier, Women MPs also walkout of the House after they did not get an answer from the Union Home Minister and has demanded action against jail officials for allowing the interview .BSP chief Mayawati requested Home Minister to probe how permissions to interview the rapist were given.

The Home Ministry has issued directions to ensure the documentary is not made available on internet as well as the British Broadcasting Corporation (which filmed the documentary) not to telecast the interview. The Home Minister has summoned Tihar DG and Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi to discuss the matter in detail.

Police have filed an FIR under various sections of the IPC and Court upholds ban on Nirbhaya documentary until further order. Court orders police to take action if the film gets aired.

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