India’s Daughter: My Thoughts

I watched the documentary “India’s Daughter” – reluctantly, and with more than a bit of nervousness. After watching it, I had to get some of the thoughts swirling around in my head in writing. This is very much my opinion, and a stream of consciousness post.

  • Have rape cases after December 2012 been reported more and fast-tracked? Have more rapists been convicted and punished?
  • What happens to the juvenile rapist after he gets out in December 2015. Is it even possible to rehabilitate someone like him back into society, into a productive law-abiding citizen without a conscious effort by the system? What is being done about it in the juvenile house he currently lives in?
  • The families of the rapists only seem concerned about their own fate. They show no remorse for what their sons/husbands did. I was especially appalled by the wife of one of the rapists who says she has no other go than strangling her child because her husband is no more able to protect her. It is women like these who are women’s worst enemies.
  • The Indian society, as a whole needs to do some serious introspection—not just the men, but also the women. Especially the women.
  • While the Verma committee and the fast tracking of criminal cases of violence against women attack the immediate problem, this is more a knee-jerk reaction to the attention this case has brought about from the people, and in the international scene. A fundamental change has to come from the inside, initiated by India as a whole, in a focused effort. Most people seem to instinctively understand that this will come with education and the eradication of poverty.
  • The film would have been more balanced had it also interviewed ordinary men and women who respect women, and those who don’t believe in violence against women.
  • Watching the defense lawyers spew their vile ignorance and misogyny was probably the scariest, most disgusting thing.  Do they have daughters who need immediate protection from them? Or worse, do they have sons who are growing up listening to this venom?

I was very hesitant to watch the documentary after hearing snippets from friends and family who had. But changed my mind when my daughter said she wants to watch it. While it was very difficult to watch, I also felt differently about it after I did.

I thought it would glorify the rapists in the eyes of the many uninformed, uneducated men and spawn more like them. After watching it, I do believe that shining a light, however feeble it is, on the root cause of this issue, is the right thing to do. I only wish it had come from someone from India, and not from BBC.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Viji Ganesh
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 00:47:35

    Agree with most of it . We really don’t need to air the views of terrorists , rapists and murderers to understand their psyche or the trend in society. There is enough research available on all that . I suspect the very intention of this documentary what with social media /media afloat with news of some compensation paid to the family of the accused , by the creators of this documentary. Yes, things aren’t as empowering for women in India ,as they should be . But do rapists elsewhere in the world think any differently ? There are so many with the mentality of this particular accused and the defence lawyers who will feel more power on watching this documentary which is neither balanced nor representative . And I don’t even want to waste my time on those defence lawyers . We need fundamental changes for sure . Time for a documentary by some Indian journo ( preferably male ) “sons of our soil ” .



  2. Padma
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 09:56:23

    Concerted effort in changing Cultural / Societal / Family outlook on women, Education and campaign will help bring the change. It is not going to happen tomorrow or the day after.



  3. vasuerfolg
    Mar 13, 2015 @ 11:16:25

    Pl. read and also circulate this piece



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