Far from back­ing down af­ter her doc­u­men­tary was banned, the woman be­hind In­dia’s Daugh­ter says she wants peo­ple to watch it and say, “enough is enough”.

Her hard-hit­ting doc­u­men­tary on the Delhi bus rape has been banned in In­dia, but Bri­tish film-maker Leslee Ud­win tells He­len Roberts that show­ing it will only help the coun­try

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Dressed in a blood-red cot­ton sari, her hair combed back and a small red bindi adorn­ing her fore­head, Asha Singh watched sto­ically as Mukesh Singh, one of her daugh­ter’s rapists and killers, walked slowly to­wards her. She sat on a bed next to her hus­band Badri Singh and clenched her balled fists un­til the nails were dig­ging into the flesh, but she never stopped star­ing at the 28-year-old bald­ing bus driver who is on death row in Delhi’s Ti­har Jail.

A guard at the jail threw open a huge iron gate and Mukesh non­cha­lantly stepped through and walked across the small white­washed room to sit on the wooden stool placed in the cen­tre. There was no hint of re­morse, no hes­i­ta­tion or emo­tion when he fi­nally spoke: “When be­ing raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be si­lent and al­low the rape. Then they’d have dropped her off af­ter ‘do­ing her’, and only hit the boy.”

For­tu­nately Asha wasn’t in the room with the killer – she was watch­ing Mukesh star­ing into the cam­era that had been set up by award-win­ning Bri­tish film-maker Leslee Ud­win for her hard-hit­ting doc­u­men­tary In­dia’s Daugh­ter , based on the 2012 Delhi bus gang-rape of ‘Brave­heart’ Jy­oti that caused in­ter­na­tional out­rage and brought the coun­try to a stand­still for weeks. But Asha, 47, was shown the film by Leslee a week be­fore it was tele­cast by BBC 4, at her mod­est two-bed­room home in Dwarka, a semi-ru­ral sub­urb of Delhi, and had to bite her lip to con­trol her tears as Mukesh’s re­lent­less sex­ist rant con­tin­ued.

The rapist was re­port­edly paid Rs40,000 (about Dh2,340) to be in­ter­viewed for the doc­u­men­tary (his fam­ily were to said to have re­ceived the cash), which was aired in the UK on March 4, but has been banned by the In­dian gov­ern­ment. The Union Home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh said the film had breached the terms un­der which it was per­mit­ted to in­ter­view the rapist in­side Delhi’s cen­tral jail. Many politi­cians were also quoted as say­ing that the film was bad for In­dia’s im­age and one even said it could af­fect tourism.

Mukesh, who was in­ter­viewed by Leslee, was one of six males, in­clud­ing a ju­ve­nile, who bru­tally raped Jy­oti Singh on a bus in Delhi on De­cem­ber 16, 2012, then threw her

Asha and Badri, par­ents of Jy­oti, be­lieve ev­ery­one should watch the film

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