The transmission of a BBC documentary about the brutal gangrape of a young woman, known as Nirbhaya, in Delhi in 2012 has been brought forward by three days, despite Indian authorities calling for a ban.
The documentary, titled ‘India’s Daughter’, was initially scheduled to coincide with International Women’s Day on Sunday 8th March but it will now be airing tonight (Wednesday 4th March) at 22:00 on BBC Four.
The BBC have said that the decision to bring the transmission forward was due to mounting interest both about the subject matter and the documentary itself, made by Leslee Udwin.
Indian ministries have called for a ban following the release of quotes given by Mukesh Singh during an interview from prison. Singh is believed to have been one of the rapists of the Nirbhaya case but he maintains that he was driving the bus throughout. “When being raped, she shouldn�۪t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they�۪d have dropped her off after ��doing her�۪, and only hit the boy”, Singh said.
Nirbhaya was returning from the cinema with a male friend when she was attacked by men on a moving bus. Initial reports at the time had said that the rapists had taken it in turns to drive the bus.