On March 5th, British Broadcasting Company made the decision to air the documentary, India’s Daughter. The film is based on the 2012 New Dehli gang rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh. Controversy in India began due to the documentary’s interview with Mukesh Singh, one of the four men convicted and sentenced for the murder of Jyoti.
In 2012 the uproar of gender activists protesting the murder of Jyoti brought voice to gender discrimination within India’s society. Now, the BBC documentary has brought opposition back to media lime light.
Activists against the release of India’s Daughter have expressed fear that the interview with Mukesh will weaken the court case and cause change of opinion amongst the jury.
Due to the backlash, India police ordered a court junction blocking the films India debut and any publication of the interview in the media.
The debate on India’s Daughter raises awareness and question on media ethics and censorship. During the recent censorship debate over Sony’s film The Interview, a satire film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, Sony’s decision to override threats allowed the movie to be released as scheduled.
The ongoing debate over the ethics of India’s Daughter brings to question, should society censor sore subjects?
The BBC documentary of India’s Daughter is available for streaming online.