BAN BBC: Leveraging Nirbhaya’s horrific crime for commercial benefits or Freedom of Speech
Snapshots of the leaked Interview Video:
Convicted Rapist Comments: A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. A decent Women should not dare to come out after 9 pm. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars, at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. After my conviction, rapists will be prompted to kill victim and all witness after every rape incident.
Even though Supreme Court of India and Government of India banned the controversial documentary on the Nirbhaya, worldwide both in electronic as well as on Internet on 4th March (11 AM IST). BBC dared and aired it in advance on 5th March (3 AM IST). It had originally certain to show it on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day as per their previous advertisements.
The Information Broadcasting Ministry and Home Ministry in their restrain order had objected to the documentary citing reasons as the whole broadcast and its content violates the programming code of the Information Broadcasting Ministry, wherein, there is derogatory language towards women. It seems to incite violence against women.
BBC says that the film had handled the issue “responsibly” and this advancement in telecast will enable viewers to see this “incredibly powerful documentary at the earliest opportunity”.
However I beg to differ from BBC move to pre-pone its telecast. BBC should be banned in India for many noted reasons.
- Not following the orders of Supreme Court of India
- Not following the orders of Government of India
- Not respecting the feeling of Nirbhaya’s parents
- Calling Nirbhaya from her real name.
- Making use of this heinous crime for commercial reasons to gain TRP.
- The permission was granted to interview only if the original tapes were shown to Delhi Police, but edited versions were shown. Rules flouted and violation of permission condition.
- Clips shown/ out in media right now are highly derogatory and are an affront to the dignity of women.
- The documentary would create a fear and tension atmosphere, which may fuel public anger.
- The original telecast was on 8th March but BBC aired it yesterday. Why? If they were right, they could have shown it to concerned authorities in India and then telecast it as per original schedule.
- If BBC’s editorial guidelines and editorial values allow the documentary to broadcast, these values do not match with India’s.
Isn’t the documentary giving a platform to rapists to populate their views in the name of freedom of speech? I strongly suggest that glorification of the rape convict should be curtailed. If the media just uses a little bit of self censorship, they should resist sensationalising of this brutal crime. As BBC has crossed the last line. Ban It!