BBC made a documentary from India covering an infamous rape case,happens India because of people’s mentality, by this documentary they wanted to show that women are less responsible than men, and it happens because of Indian mentality's towards women.. Social media has seen outrage over the documentary viewed as a platform to justify and explain such a heinous act that shocked the nation and the globe.
The top news channels went against the documentary fully. Two top channels continually reported on it Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary and Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Gosmawami said it’s Unfortunate to us that we are being mispublished in world media.
The 'banbbc' tag was not the most popular to emerge from this controversy. There was also #nirbhayainsulted (The victim was called "Nirbhaya," or "the fearless one" by the media) and #dontrapeagain. The two tags were used more than 51,000 and 24,000 times respectively and have also been widely used by Indian news channels Times Now TV and Zee News.
Indian court restricted the publication and airing of the film in India as well as the dissemination of excerpts from it after Mukesh Singh's comments were released in several media outlets.
But the BBC went ahead and aired the controversial documentary on the Delhi gang-rape rape case on Wednesday (4 March) night despite requests by the Indian government not to, following a court ban.
The FIR under sections 509, 504, 505 (1) (b) IPC and section 66 A IT Act, was registered against Mukes singh who made malicious, derogatory, offensive, insulting remarks against women, causing harassment and disrepute
"This harrowing documentary, made with the full support and cooperation of the victim's parents, provides a revealing insight into a horrific crime that sent shock waves around the world and led to protests across India demanding changes in attitudes towards women," the BBC said in a statement.
"India should be embracing this film -- not blocking it with a knee-jerk hysteria without even seeing it. This was an opportunity for India to continue to show the world how much has changed since this heinous crime," she wrote for India's NDTV.
Udwin later spoke to NDTV, urging everyone to watch the film before rushing to judgment on it.
"I appeal to the Prime Minister to not let it go out of hand because it is getting out of hand. Countries around the world will very soon be saying: 'How dare India ban a documentary that is in the public interest?' I urge you to see the film as soon as possible," she said. "Please see the film and then talk about it."
Arguments in favour of BBC ban
· Shaming of the country: Rajnath Singh said that views in the documentary are hurtful and India is feeling ashamed over it. The restraining court was taken from the court to protect the face of India. BSP Chief Mayawati congratulated him for taking swift steps to stop the broadcast.
· Flouting the conditions of permission for interviewing the prisoners: The filmmakers were granted permission with the conditions that they will only interview the prisoners who have given their written consent for it, will submit complete footage to jail authorities, and take approval from jail authorities before the telecast of the documentary film or publishing a research paper based on it. Producers failed to comply with these norms.
· Exploiting the case for commercial benefit: One of the clauses of the permission was that the film will be used for social purposes only. The use of such unfortunate incidents for commercial benefit is not ethical.
Arguments against BBC ban
· Much acclaim from influential Bollywood and literary figures: Chetan Bhagat said, “It is one of the best documentaries i’ve seen. It’s bone-chilling and shakes you up.” Genelia D’Souza married to the actor son of a former Chief Minister said, “Please watch India’s daughter. We need to understand and eradicate the evil within us and around us.” Noted lyricist and nominated Rajya Sabha member Javed Akhtar said, “It’s good that this documentary has been made. Crores of men in India now know that they think like a rapist.”
· Confront the Reality: Another nominated MP in the RS Anu Aga said, “The reality is that what that man spoke reflects the view of many men in India. Why are we shying away from reality? We should confront the issue.”
· Controlling the Media: Muzzling the messenger is not going to help the matter. We need to get to the root of such attitudes towards women and take remedial actions for societal overhaul.