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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Stay order on documentary on Nirbhaya

A Delhi court issued stay order on telecast of a documentary based on the interview of a convict in the Delhi gang-rape case. Telecast of the documentary on the internet is also banned.

The Delhi high court said "Cops can act if the film is aired". Home ministry is also planning to take legal action against the documentary filmmaker Leslee Udwin for violating stipulated permission conditions. The filmmaker Udwin said that she had obtained legal permission to speak to the convict at Delhi's Tihar Jail.
The documentary was set to be telecast on BBC 4 channel on 8 March. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: "The government has taken necessary legal action and obtained restraining order from the court on disseminating the contents of the film.Our government condemns the incident of December 16, 2012, in the strongest possible terms and will not allow any attempt by any individual group or organisation to leverage such unfortunate incidents for commercial benefits.

He further said: "The respect and dignity of women constitute a core value of our culture and tradition ... our government remains fully committed to ensuring safety and dignity of women. I would like to make it clear. As soon as I got to know about this incident I was personally hurt. I immediately talked to the concerned authorities and gave the instruction that it should not be telecast in any condition, and (restraining) orders were taken from court last night that whatever has been telecast should not be released." 

Mukesh Singh, one of the convicts in the gang-rape case is featured in the interview in the documentary film. 

In the documentary he said women who go out at night had only themselves to blame if they attracted the attention of molesters.

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