A change of Governments cannot change the mindset of the people sitting at the helm of affairs. If you thought that the coming of the Modi government will signal a revolutionary change in the mindset of the average Indian the reaction to the BBC documentary on Nirbhaya among the government circles shows that we have not changed a bit.
It is ironic that while the mother of Nirbhaya who should be the most hurt is not objecting to the film nor to the interview of one of the rapists it is the Home Minister, the Police Commissioner and sundry other officials who are crying foul.
To me it is clearly an attempt to turn a debate about the status of women in our homes to a racial debate where a foreign agency like the BBC has tried to portray India in bad light (sic). Bad light? Because the BBC has shown us a mirror which we want to disown because it shows an ugly picture?
Listening to Asha, the mother of Nirbhaya on various TV channels I was wondering how a personal tragedy had turned an illiterate and simple woman from a remote part of India into a confident and rational thinker.
She articulated the views of most rational women of the year 2015 that banning of the film was a non-issue. The issue was the delay in delivering justice to the victim of a tragedy that had attained universal attention because of the massive public support across the country through candle-light marches and demonstration by young boys and girls braving a lathi-charge and water cannons in that December chill.
Her husband revealed the shocking detail that there had been no hearing in the Supreme Court in the case for the last one year even though it was on fast track. The noises for banning the film seem to be a part of the conspiracy to protect the vested interests and the status quo. Instead of the issues raised by the interview of the accused what we are discussing is whether permission was granted for the interview and whether the crew showed the raw footage to the authorities.
Already so much has been said and written about the documentary that nothing original remains to be said. But this is one debate where you have to take sides if you are educated, informed or concerned.
Not that I don’t have a view point on this. I am very clear that showing the interview of the accused has served its purpose and the more people see it the better. Only then will they realize the kind of vermin we need to exterminate from society with ruthless brutality.The next on the list should be those who support the rapist’s line of thought and that will keep the hangman gainfully employed for quite some time, that is for sure!
By: Amitabh Srivastava