Ban on Nirbhaya documentary to continue: Delhi HC

| Friday, August 5, 2016 - 19:24
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The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to lift ban on BBC's documentary 'India's Daughter.'

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to lift ban imposed on broadcasting of BBC’s documentary 'India's Daughter' which is based on December 16 Nirbhaya gangrape case.

Earlier in February, the court had said that banning the documentary doesn’t serve any purpose as it is available on the internet and asked the police to submit the legal provisions under which the film was banned.

"What purpose does the ban serve when it is available on internet? Tell us what are the legal provisions under which prohibitory orders were imposed against the documentary. What is the status of the case after the prohibitory orders," the bench asked the counsel for the police.

The film that was made by a British filmaker Leslee Udwin was broadcast by BBC. But it was banned in India by the govt after outrage by the people.

On December 16, 2012, a girl was raped in a moving bus by a gang of men in south Delhi. 

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The film was not banned "after outrage from the people" - far from it. The people are outraged that the film is banned. Thousands of messages of support have come to me from Indian people in India and almost EVERY NRI is supportive of the film and ashamed that the govt has banned it. The outrage has come from people like Jaya Bacchan who has not even seent he film by her own admission, and patriarchal MP's who don't want to look in the mirror and certain so-called 'feminists' in India like Indira Jai Singh, Vrinder Grover, Urvashi Butalia, Kavita Krishnan and others who felt they did not feature in the documentary and should have, and were angry at its planned release on International Women's day as it would clash with their events. Please be accurate in your reporting.

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