India's Daughter

The first time I got to know about this was from one of the innumerable TV news channels.   BBC had interviewed one of the guy who had gang-raped a woman in Delhi in 2012 as part of its documentary film called India's Daughter.

I am not sure if it is usual for jailed convicts to give interviews (especially when they are not actors, politicians or religious activists).   Anyway, I can't recall any such interviews.

Also, can I walk in to a jail and request interview with a convict there?  Perhaps I need to prove that I am a journalist?  Should I be affiliated with a popular newspaper, magazine or TV channel?   It is evident that the interview was authorized by Government officials (the same Government that has banned the airing of the program).

Who would have watched the program when it aired, that too, in BBC?  I doubt if the channel comes in most homes and even if so, who would watch such programs.  I doubt if BBC would have done promotions to increase viewership.

So, why did the interview news reach front page of all newspapers and TV channels?   And more interestingly, how did people talk about the contents of the interview before it was due to be aired - specifically the remarks the rapist made about his victim?   Was the interview previewed before select audience to arouse interest?

With the specific remarks of the rapist (that allegedly outraged the nation) already public and discussed ad nauseum, the rest of the interview (or the program) probably no longer mattered.   So imagine the irony when there was a hue and outcry to ban the airing of the program. To make it worse, the Government, actually banned it, only for it to go viral in the internet.  People who would have otherwise not bothered about this, probably decided to see it.

What was the "outrage" for?  The rapist telling what he told?  Or he being even allowed to do interview?   Or showing the country in poor light (how does this show the country in poor light - I can't see)?

And yes, ban is an excellent way to arouse interest - you ban a movie - it becomes more watched.  You ban a book - you increase its readership.  But instead, why the discussions in the media on the topic was not banned?  That would have just stopped this information from being visible to people?

But we are missing the bigger picture here.  Will all - the BBC program or the discussion or the ban -  will any of this in any way reduce crimes on women?    

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