BBC 4 telecasts Nirbhaya documentary in UK; Modi govt calls it a case of defiance

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 05 March 2015, 03:07 PM

The controversial documentary on Nirbhaya incident was on Wednesday telecast by BBC, even as the Indian government moved to block the film worldwide.

The stance sent Ministries of Home and Information & Broadcasting into a tizzy after the documentary was telecast at 

Originally, BBC had decided to show it on March 8, coinciding with International Women's Day, but suddenly decided to advance it even as a storm was raging in India

However, Nirbhaya's parenta insisted that the documentary is a mirror to our society. Nirbhaya's father said, "The documentary India's Daughter holds up a mirror to society, it tells us how bad our mindset is, how we look at our own children. But how many of us are willing to look in the mirror and see what's there?"

The BBC has said that it has no plans to telecast the controversial documentary on December 16, 2012 gangrape incident in India even though it went ahead and broadcast it in the UK, defying the ban imposed on by the Indian government.

In a communication to the Home Ministry, the BBC said that in compliance with the Government of India’s directive, it would not telecast the documentary in India, official sources said.

However, in the same communication, the British media giant said that it has broadcast the film in United Kingdom last night 10 PM (GMT).

The Union Home Ministry had yesterday asked BBC not to broadcast the documentary anywhere.

Officials had said the Home Ministry is also planning legal action against British filmmaker Leslee Udwin for allegedly violating stipulated permission conditions.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that provisions for allowing such shoots inside jails would be reviewed.

A Delhi court had said the order restraining airing or broadcasting the interview of the convict Mukesh Singh, which was conducted inside the Tihar jail here, will continue till further orders.

The documentary includes an interview conducted by Udwin and BBC, of Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus in which the 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gangraped by six men on December 16, 2012. Mukesh has made derogatory statements against women in the documentary.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Thursday, March 05, 2015 07:54 AM
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