In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A House Divided.”
A BBC documentary filmmaker made a documentary about thethe December 2012 rape and murder of an Indian Girl in Delhi. The audacity of the rapists and the sheer brutality had shook the entire nation, if not the world.
The documentary was scheduled to release last week but the Government of India banned the documentary. The government cited violations of the clauses and conditions, under which the filmmaker was permitted to interview the victim’s parents, the rapists, the rapists families and the police authorities. The Government also says that a documentary about a sensitive subject as this one may provocate the masses and disturb the law and order situation.
Supporters of the documentary say watching the documentary is a necessary step in confronting the problem of women’s rights in India. Banning the documentary is a step in sweeping the ugliness under the rug in attempts of protecting the status quo. They highlight the need to revisit ideas about patriarchy and the ethnocentrism in the male dominated Indian culture, if India has any plans of being a truly global force.