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Chandrahas Choudhury

A Nation Split Over 'India's Daughter'

India’s new government has started a war it cannot win over “India’s Daughter."
She won't be silenced.

She won't be silenced.

Photographer: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

India’s new government has started a war it cannot win over “India’s Daughter,” a documentary by the British filmmaker Leslee Udwin about the horrific gang rape of a student in New Delhi in December 2012.

Last week, the film was banned in India. But it has also created a huge sensation -- partly from the very act of being banned, partly because it contains explosive and gut-wrenching testimonies from the case's major protagonists. Attention has been directed, in particular, to several extended sequences of reminiscence and reflection (though not contrition) from jail by Mukesh Singh, one of the rapists, to whom Udwin was given access by the previous government in 2013.