Documentary Exposing Horrific Mentality of Rapist Gets Banned

A woman who was viciously raped on a public bus and later died of her internal injuries is the subject of a new documentary -- but the very country that put her rapists in prison doesn't want the documentary seen.


The documentary, called India's Daughter, follows the story of a 23-year-old woman who was riding a bus with a male friend after seeing a movie when six men attacked them. The woman was gang raped and had a metal rod shoved into her vagina. She later died of her horrific injuries.

The brutality of the attack so shocked India that thousands protested against how rape victims are usually treated -- as if they were to blame. In many parts of the country, women don't even report rape for fear of bringing "shame" upon themselves and their families.

All of the accused rapists were found guilty. Four of the men involved were sentenced to death by hanging. The case opened up a major dialogue about women's rights in the traditional country.

Yet India doesn't approve of the documentary and says it will take "action" against the BBC, which broadcast it in the U.K. Most worrisome to the government is an interview with one of the rapists, Mukesh Singh, who said that a girl is "much more responsible" for rape than is a boy, and added, "A decent girl won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night. ... Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes."

India says it worries the comments will create "fear and tension" and "anger" the public. And why shouldn't they? These are the exact kind of comments the Indian public should hear. They are the kinds of comments that shake a community out of apathy; they are the kinds of comments that spark social change.

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The Indian government also asked YouTube to take the video down, which is did for some odd reason. But not, of course, before several people copied it. So hopefully it will live on.

This tragic young woman's murderers deserve to have their ignorant and digusting words broadcast to their fellow countrymen. Let this murderer's words be the ones that follow him to the grave.

India did the right thing by so swiftly bringing justice to these six sick individuals, now it must do the right thing by not trying to sweep it all under the rug.

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