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2012 Delhi gang-rape: I&B issues notice to news channels, asks not to cover rapist's interview

Amidst uproar over an interview of a December 16 gang-rape convict, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India on Tuesday evening issued a notice to all television channels asking them not to broadcast the Nirbhaya documentary, official sources said.


2012 Delhi gang-rape: I&B issues notice to news channels, asks not to cover rapist's interview

New Delhi: Amidst uproar over an interview of a December 16 gang-rape convict, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India on Tuesday evening issued a notice to all television channels asking them not to broadcast the Nirbhaya documentary, official sources said.

The announcement came hours after the Delhi Police stated that it will move court for a restraining order against an interview of Mukesh Singh, a prime accused in the December 16, 2012 'Nirbhaya' rape case.

In the interview from Tihar jail for a BBC documentary to be aired on March 8, Mukesh Singh said: "A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy."

While speaking to BBC Four from his cell, Mukesh Singh, one of the five accused convicted of raping and murdering Nirbhaya, said that a girl is 'far more responsible for rape' than a boy.

The interview was scheduled to be aired on March 8 by BBC Four on its Storyville programme "India`s Daughter" on Sunday to coincide with the International Women`s Day.

Singh even said housework and housekeeping was the domain of girls and they had no rights to roam or visit discos and bars at night.

"They are doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes," he said, and added that only '20 percent' of the girls were good.

Singh added that executing him and the other convicts in the case will further endanger rape victims as now, when girls are raped, they will not leave the victim but will kill her.

He showed no remorse for the attack, which he referred to as an 'accident'.

In December 2012, The physiotherapy student was raped and assaulted with an iron rod after she was tricked into boarding an unregistered private bus to go home after watching a movie with a male friend.

Her male companion was badly beaten up and could not come to her rescue while the assault was being carried out in the bus. The two were later dumped naked and bleeding on the roadside.

The woman died 13 days after the attack from the injuries inflicted upon her after being airlifted to a Singapore hospital for treatment.

The attack sparked widespread protests and a campaign by civil society groups for tougher laws to protect women against sexual violence.

One of the attackers was found dead in jail in March 2013. A juvenile member of the gang was sentenced to three years in a reform home.

(With Agency inputs)

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