This weekly watch has come from an article I read on The Guardian, “India’s Daughter: ‘I made a film on rape in India. Men’s brutal attitudes truly shocked me’”. It tells you of the harrowing personal experience that film-maker, Leslee Udwin, went through as she created a documentary on rape in India. There’s no need for me to repeat the article but I beg you to go read it.
However, I do want to share with you what crossed my mind when reading it and encourage you to watch the documentary. The article is truly shocking, it made me think how do we live in a world where something like this can happen?
I’m coming to the end of a degree in Journalism and PR so I feel like I look upon articles with slight skepticism but this online article really stopped me in my tracks and got me thinking.
Gender inequality is still clearly present in our world today. We have many campaigns fighting for gender equality to be achieved, such as HeForShe, UK Feminista and many more, but it is nowhere near enough. According to the HeForShe website, 9,440 men in India have joined the HeForShe movement but the country has a population of 1.252 billion so why are more men not fighting for gender equality?
I can’t imagine living in a world where women are expected to stay home at night to avoid rape and people believe “You can’t clap with one hand – it takes two hands. A decent girl won’t roam around at night. A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy”. This is appalling.
The documentary airs on BBC 4 but maybe it should be on a more popular channel to raise awareness of what is going on outside of the places we live?
I haven’t seen the documentary but if this Guardian article is anything to go by then it should be a eye-opening and emotional watch. I hope the documentary is as remarkably shocking as Yvonne Roberts’ article suggests.
The documentary airs this Sunday (8th March) on BBC 4 at 10pm. Update: BBC brings forward airing of India’s Daughter to Wednesday (4th March) on BBC 4 at 10pm.