India's Daughter: Dealing with Reality

6 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2015

Date Written: March 5, 2015


The documentary `India’s Daughter’ made by Leslee Udwin about the rape that shook Delhi in December 2012 raised a lot of debate, outrage and furor in Parliament, in media and in general. The police filed a FIR and the broadcast of this documentary is banned in India. Statements were issued by groups in favour and against such ban. However, what is being overlooked amidst this debate is the reality of women’s lives in India. A woman in India faces this patriarchal misogynist attitude every day – at home and at public spaces, through her entire life in different ways. The documentary pointed to this regressive attitude and subjugating culture that needs to be addressed. Prohibiting the documentary is futile as shying away from such questions that pertains to reality of women’s live or living in denial that misogyny exists or closing eyes to realities is hardly helpful to bring about social transformation. The need is to strike at the roots and confront the sexist and patriarchal violent culture in a mature manner.

Keywords: Delhi rape case, documentary, India's Daughter, Ban, law, women, rape, women's right, patriarchy

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Nigam, Shalu, India's Daughter: Dealing with Reality (March 5, 2015). Available at SSRN:

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