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'India's Daughter,' Banned Back Home, Is Embraced in NYC by Meryl Streep, Other Celebrities

By    |   Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 10:08 AM

"India's Daughter," a BBC documentary about the fatal 2012 gang rape of Delhi medical student Jyoti Singh, has been banned by courts in India and now filmmaker Leslee Udwin is seeking an international outlet for her work – starting in New York City.

NDTV reported that Meryl Streep headed up a high-profile premiere in Manhattan on Monday that saw attendance from Coldplay singer Chris Martin, Dakota Fanning, and Indian actress Frieda Pinto of "Slumdog Millionaire."

"What is worse than brutality that dehumanizes women? Tolerance and indifference towards it, acceptance that this is just the way things are. What is worse than rape, violence, cruelty? Tolerance for it. That's worse," Streep told a packed theater at the Baruch College of the City University of New York.

"For weeks after her death, she was nameless, she was known as India's daughter. Tonight, she is our daughter too," Streep said of Jyoti Singh, shortly before leading a candlelight vigil.

The premiere came a day after NDTV, the film's Indian broadcaster, showed a black screen in the time slot in which "India's Daughter" was set to premiere.

It also came ahead of a planned premiere by PBS later this year.

The film has caused a stir in India because it obtained an interview with one of Singh's attackers, who is now on death row for the deadly rape. During the interview, he blames Singh for her own death.

"A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes," he says in the film.



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"India's Daughter," a BBC documentary about the fatal 2012 gang rape of Delhi medical student Jyoti Singh, has been banned by courts in India and now filmmaker Leslee Udwin is seeking an international outlet for her work – starting in New York City.
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