A documentary about rape banned from airing in India received its US premiere at a star-studded event.
The screening of India’s Daughter at Baruch College began with a vigil as Oscar-winner Meryl Streep lit about a dozen candles honouring the medical student who died after being gang-raped on a bus in 2012.
“Tonight we light these candles to honour the value and the work of Jyoti Singh’s short, promising life,” Streep said. “She was India’s daughter. Tonight she’s our daughter too.”
Singh was attacked when she and a male companion boarded a private bus in Delhi. The documentary details a brutal account of how six men beat her friend and then gang-raped her in the bus before tossing her onto the street. She was found naked on the side of the road and later died of her injuries. Four men were convicted and sentenced to death.
Singh’s parents publicly named their daughter and said they want the world to know about her plight.
The film’s US premiere follows a week of controversy in India after one of the convicted rapists, interviewed for the film, blamed the victim for taking a bus late in the evening.
The documentary by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, herself a rape victim, was to have aired on an Indian station on Sunday, International Women’s Day, but a court order halted its broadcast. It was done in the interest of maintaining public order, authorities
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