India’s Daughter – The Banned Documentary

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India’s Daughter details the gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student who was on her way home after a night at the movies in Delhi–the Indian capital. The Indian government has banned its broadcast because of what it said was a negative portrayal of Indian society.

The powerful film focuses on the relationship between men and women in India’s poorest villages, where girls are perceived as less than human. Singh’s murder sparked massive protests throughout Delhi, and forced Indian society to confront the problem of basic gender inequality and the mistreatment of women.

As a response to the protests, the Indian government formed a judicial commission to investigate the epidemic of sexual assault. This delegation made recommendations to strictly define and strengthen the penalties for sexual assault. In 2013, the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013 was declared by President Pranab Mukherjee, several new laws were passed, and six new fast-track courts were created to hear rape cases.

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