After the broadcast of a BBC documentary by Leslee Udwin ‘India’s Daughter’ which deals with the brutal and horrific gangrape, and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student popularly called Nirbhaya, the world is looking at India as a ‘country of rapists’. The documentary shows the convicted rapists and murders blaming girls for the crime and defending their crime.
Now in response to Udwin’s ‘India’s Daughter’, a documentary made by an Indian Harvinder Singh titled ‘United Kingdom’s Daughters’ reveals the situation is much worse in western nations and 250 women in the UK are raped daily.
There was a lot of controversy after Delhi gangrape convict Mukesh Singh, who featured in the documentary, held girls more responsible than men for rapes. “You can’t clap with one hand. It takes two hands to clap. A decent girl won’t roam at around 9’o clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy,” Singh asserted.
According to the documentary ‘United Kingdom’s Daughters’, one-third of Britons believe women are responsible for rape. It also claims that killing figures are low in the UK as women do not resist rape.
The same was said by death row convict Mukesh. He admitted that had the girl not fought back or resisted, they would have not killed her and just beat up her male friend who had accompanied her on the ill-fated night of December 16, 2012.
Moreover, in UK not all rape survivors get justice as only 10 per cent rapists are convicted in the country, says the documentary.
The sole witness to the brutal Delhi gangrape, Avanindra Pandey, also hit out at the BBC filmmaker saying, “The facts are hidden and the content is fake. Only Jyoti and I know what happened on that night and the documentary is far from truth. The filmmaker has not done her research properly.”
Pandey added, “A controversy was created unnecessarily and was sensationalised. The documentary made fun of emotions and questioned the law and order situation in our country.”
But as Harvinder Singh claims in ‘United Kingdom’s Daughters’, rape is a global phenomena and the mentality of those committing the heinous crime is the same all over the world.