Two of our sto­ries in last week’s caused a lot of de­bate – the ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with doc­u­men­tary maker Leslee Ud­win and the Real Life story of a daugh­ter of­fer­ing to have a baby for her mother and then keep­ing it. You all have valid ar­gu­ments for you

Friday - - Letters -

Thank you for the ex­clu­sive in­ter­view in Fri­day with Leslee Ud­win, the maker of In­dia’s Daugh­ter, the con­tro­ver­sial doc­u­men­tary on the Delhi rape vic­tim (‘Rape is a dis­ease of so­ci­ety’, March 13), which has been banned by the In­dian gov­ern­ment.

Hav­ing watched the doc­u­men­tary on YouTube, I be­lieve it is a must-see for all In­di­ans.

It is ex­tremely un­for­tu­nate that the gov­ern­ment has banned the doc­u­men­tary, prov­ing that they do not wish to ac­cept the truth.

The fact that Jy­oti’s rapists are still alive two years af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to death for rap­ing and killing her proves the abysmal na­ture of In­dia’s ju­di­cial sys­tem. This slug­gish­ness en­cour­ages mobs to take mat­ters into their own hands and pun­ish al­leged cul­prits with­out wait­ing for the ju­di­cial sys­tem – this is the only way to pre­vent in­no­cent peo­ple be­ing killed. I hope the cur­rent gov­ern­ment lifts the ban on the doc­u­men­tary and hangs Jy­oti’s rapists soon.

I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­press my grat­i­tude to Ms Leslee and her team for mak­ing this doc­u­men­tary, which will go down in his­tory as a tes­ti­mony of the shame­ful sta­tus of women in In­dia in the sec­ond decade of the 21st cen­tury. SUCHAR­I­TRA LIN­DUS, DUBAI

Af­ter read­ing the in­ter­view with Leslee Ud­win, the maker of In­dia’s Daugh­ter, I de­cided to watch the doc­u­men­tary. This is some­thing that needs to be watched by ev­ery­one. It is not about de­fam­ing In­dia or any na­tion for that mat­ter, as this could hap­pen in any coun­try.

What is re­ally shame­ful and shock­ing is the fact that the rapists have still not been hanged and the 17-year-old ju­ve­nile – who was con­victed and proven to be the most bru­tal in the attack – will be re­leased in De­cem­ber this year. The gov­ern­ment can send the right mes­sage to so­ci­ety only by pun­ish­ing the cul­prits as soon as pos­si­ble, and not by ban­ning doc­u­men­taries that show the deep-rooted prej­u­dices that women in In­dia are faced with.

I hope all In­di­ans come to­gether to pres­surise the gov­ern­ment to lift the ban so that ev­ery In­dian sees the sick men­tal­ity of the peo­ple in­volved. SHER­LEY A. V, VIA EMAIL

Last week’s ar­ti­cle on the doc­u­men­tary about the in­fa­mous rape in New Delhi, In­dia, was shock­ing. I’ve been hear­ing and lis­ten­ing to so many de­bates on this is­sue. How­ever, all the hype about this case won’t change the mind­set of In­dian men.

The root cause has to be tack­led. In­dia is very good at teach­ing maths and English in schools, but there is lit­tle fo­cus on re­spect for the op­po­site gen­der. The gov­ern­ment should use the power of me­dia, ed­u­ca­tion and in­ter­net to make peo­ple aware of their role in so­ci­ety, so that they are able to build a coun­try that is safer. LYNE VIE­GAS, VIA EMAIL

Iwatched the doc­u­men­tary In­dia’s Daugh­ter a few days ago and was very moved by it. Fri­day ’s ar­ti­cle on this doc­u­men­tary men­tions that the Bar Coun­cil of In­dia has is­sued a show-cause no­tice to the de­fence lawyers who made deroga­tory and sex­ist re­marks about women.

I hope the Coun­cil will ren­der the right de­ci­sion and that the lawyers will never be al­lowed to work again. This would send a strong mes­sage to the In­dian pop­u­la­tion. C. T, VIA EMAIL

While re­flect­ing on the doc­u­men­tary In­dia’s Daugh­ter, I felt that no one could deny the fact that In­dian so­ci­ety is plagued with gen­der bias, and un­for­tu­nately we can’t get rid of the phe­nom­e­non overnight. The only way we can re­duce this dis­par­ity is by ed­u­cat­ing our girls and by giv­ing them equal op­por­tu­ni­ties in ev­ery as­pect of life. K.SIVASANKRAN, ABU DHABI

Fri­day ’s at­i­cle on In­dia’s Daugh­ter was re­ally an eye-opener to­wards the sta­tus of women in In­dia. It’s shame­ful to know what so-called ed­u­cated men think of women’s role in so­ci­ety. I

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