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
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