We do not know how the Indian government would react if they are told of Irvine Welsh’s novel ‘Marabou Stork Nightmares’. The protagonist of the story is a rapist.
Perhaps, they’ll ban it because that’s what they appear to be deft in. Just like they banned the documentary on Nirbhaya, the Dec 16, 2012 gang-rape victim, by Leslee Udwin.
Will a ban help? You know very well it won’t because the BBC went ahead and uploaded ‘India’s Daughter’ on the YouTube for everyone to see. And everyone probably saw.
And here is another embarrassment for the Indian government –
Hollywood celebrities attended a screening of the controversial Nirbhaya documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ held in Baruch College in New York.
Around 650 people attended the event. Among those present were Frieda Pinto and Hollywood legend Meryl Streep.
The documentary contains an interview with rape convict Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus in which Nirbhaya was raped.
“This film in no way is propagating violence in order to solve the problem. In fact, what we’re saying is let’s do this in the most civilized possible way ever,” Pinto told The Associated Press before the film’s screening.
It is difficult to point out exactly why the government banned Nirbhaya Documentary. Was it because the documentary reveals the real name of Nirbhaya? Because our law says that a rape victim must not be named.
Indian Penal Code Section 228-A prohibits and penalizes such a move unless, according to one clause, the kin of the victim gives their written permission for the same. Leslee Udwin did not obtain the required permission because the father of the victim says,
“Despite clearly telling them not to make the name and photo of our daughter public, they have gone ahead with it and this is not right.. we will take legal action against this.”
Since the father of the victim says he is happy with the steps taken by the government, we leave the debate to the country’s intellectuals.