Banned gang-rape documentary premiers in US

Published on March 12, 2015 05:30:30 AM
New York: The controversial BBC documentary, depicting the aftermath of the brutal gang-rape and murder of Nirbhaya in 2012, has premiered in the US with Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, Frieda Pinto and actor Farhan Akhtar in attendance as a show of support for the film banned in India. Streep led a solemn opening of the 2012 gang-rape documentary 'Storyville: India's daughter' here, describing the 23-year old victim as "our daughter" and emphasised that tolerance and acceptance of violence against women is worse than the brutality that dehumanises them. 

"What is worse than brutality that dehumanises women? Tolerance and indifference towards it, acceptance that this is just the way things are. What is worse than rape, violence, cruelty? Tolerance for it. That's worse," Streep said to a packed theatre at the Baruch College of the City University of New York where the premier was presented by NGO Vital Voices Global Partnership and children's development organisation Plan International.

Streep, Pinto and Udwin referred to the victim by her actual name as they addressed the audience, which watched the hour-long documentary in stunned silence, gasping as it heard the accused Mukesh Singh recount the inhuman incident in an unrepentant tone. Streep said that the victim's name was not known for days after the tragedy and she was called "India's Daughter". "For weeks after her death, she was nameless, she was known as India's daughter. 

Tonight she is our daughter too," Streep said. Udwin, who received a thunderous applause at the conclusion of the documentary, said while the Indian government has banned the documentary, there are "many forward looking people in India who will call for change in response to this rape."