The documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ made by Director Leslee Udwin has been in the news for the controversy it has created.
Speaking at Accelerate Women (an event organised by Businessworld magazine), Member of Parliament & National Spokesperson of BJP, Meenakshi Lekhi shared her view on banning the documentary India’s Daughter.
Addressing the audience she said, “We have seen many documentaries in the past on this subject but none of them were banned, but in this case it is different. Someone from outside came and takes permission as a study. It was meant for social understanding and not for commercial use. We have discussed this issue many a times, if it’s commercial I could have asked any media house to use it but it wasn’t meant for commercial purpose at all.”
Lekhi further explained, “Can I shoot inside Washington DC, or in Pentagon? Where in the world will this permission be given? And the filmmakers signed the undertaking that unedited version will be submitted to the authorities.”
She pointed out, “Section 354 of Indian Penal Code was amended after Nirbhaya’s case and we brought a change where we made a new law on voyeurism. The depicting of women in certain ways at the public platform falls in the premise of voyeurism.”
Highlighting the loopholes in the documentary she added , “A person is discussing the details of what he did falls in the category of voyeurism . For me the truth is only that a young woman died and she was brutally murdered. That truth is more than enough for me as a person and for us as a society because we all condemn such acts.” While the court still upholds the ban on the documentary, BBC in London went ahead and aired the documentary on March 4th.