oppn parties Not Allowing the Truth About India's Daughters

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  • In reply to a question in Parliament, the government says it is empowered to lawfully intercept, monitor or decrpyt information stored in a computer resource in the interest of sovereignty or integrity of India
  • Police stop a 12-year old girl on her way to the Sabarimala shrine
  • In Karnataka, the JD(S) indicates that it might support the BJP government if it falls short of numbers after the bypolls
  • Congress pips the BJP in local body elections in Rajasthan, winning 961 wards to the BJPs 737
  • After Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, Jio also indicates that tariffs will be raised from December
  • Sources in Shiv Sena say that they might revive the alliance with the BJP if it offers the 50:50 deal
  • A miffed Sanjay Rout of the Shiv Sena says that it will take "100 births" to understand Sharad Pawar
  • Mobile operators Vodafone-Idea and Airtel decide to raise tariffs from next month
  • Sharad Pawar meets Sonia Gandhi and says more time needed for government formation in Maharashtra
  • Justice S A Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India
  • Supreme Court holds hotels liable for theft of vehicle from their parking area if parked by valet, says "owner's risk" clause is not a shield from such liability
  • Finance Minister says she is receiving feedback from many sectors that recovery is happening as there is lower stress
  • Sabarimala temple opens, but police bar the entry of women below 50 years
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India and BPCL to be sold off by March
  • Media person Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president
Two Muslim litigants in Ayodhya refuse to accept the Supreme Court order, say review petition might be filed
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Not Allowing the Truth About India's Daughters

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
This article has been written without seeing the documentary, based only on reports appearing in the media.

The house does not become clean by sweeping the dust under the carpet. By banning the BBC documentary on the Nirbhaya rape case and other rape cases, the government is doing just that. It seeks to prevent the world from knowing what is happening in India. It feels that India will get bad publicity. But this is not the way to address problems in society. The government should see the documentary to assess whether the subject has been fairly presented. It can also ask the maker to include whatever remedial measures the government has taken after the incident. A complete ban is more harmful than the alleged negative publicity the documentary will generate. For, it sends out a message to the perpetrators of such crime that their grisly acts will remain under cover.

Perhaps the government is stung by the fact that permission was granted for such a documentary. It is also surprised that the filmmaker was allowed to interview rape convicts, including those sentenced in the Nirbhaya case and also those on the death row, in the high security Tihar jail. It is also perplexed that jail authorities allowed unsupervised interviews with the inmates. For, if interviews were conducted under supervision, the unseemly comments which Mukesh (a convict in the Nirbhaya case) would not have slipped through. But all these are internal problems of the government and issues for it to ponder for the future. By banning the documentary, the government is being undemocratic.

Also, is it so bad to have a convict’s comments about the victim on film? Shouldn’t his mindset and the fact that he remains unrepentant even after being handed out the death sentence for his reprehensible crime be known to guardians of society, psychologists and the common people? Will the society not introspect what is wrong with our family life, our process of raising our children, our education system and our cultural values when it comes to know that even after being sentenced to death, Mukesh still thinks it was the fault of the girl he raped? Will not psychologists analyze his ugly mindset? Will not the parliament debate whether the death sentence is proper for such crimes or has there to be a better deterrent? Will not the common man become more vigilant and take steps to either prevent, or report such crimes in greater numbers?

As it is, the case received wide publicity worldwide and was discussed threadbare in all forms of media. It had shaken Indian society like nothing else in recent past. The documentary must have attempted to collate different views, including those of the convicts, to show how India has changed, or not changed, after the event. One thinks that by screening it, the spotlight will once again be on women’s safety â€" an issue that has still not been addressed comprehensibly. Pick up any newspaper and you can read how scores of Nirbhaya’s get raped everyday in India. What is the harm in putting the focus back on women’s safety and related issues?