It was in the year 2015 that BBC attempted to unravel some gruesome details of the Nirbhaya Rape Case. The heinous incident that sent shock waves across the nation took place in the year 2012 and eventually took the victim's life. Three years later, BBC made contact with the convicts and produced a documentary titled India's Daughter. Unfortunately, the documentary was banned by the Indian Government, but due to the nature of the internet, people across the globe could access it. Now, years later, Netflix has drawn up with a seven-part anthology called Delhi Crime, directed by the award-winning Indo-Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta. The series is supposed to go live from March 22 and its trailer is out. The trailer sends shivers down the spine and reminds us of the nerve-racking statements made by one of the convicts in the case showcased in India's Daughter.
Leslee Udwin's documentary brought forth the psyche of a convict named Mukesh Singh, who was behind the wheels while the crime took place. Though he maintained that he was driving the bus throughout and did not take 'turns', he did mention how his brother Ram Singh (the main accused) was 'capable of anything'. India's Daughter also featured the defence lawyers, ML Sharma and AP Singh talking about 'how a woman is a disgrace to the family if they are involved in pre-marital s*x".
Here are five horrendous statements that came out of documentary India's Daughter.
1. "A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy" - Mukesh Singh (accused)
2. "When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they'd have dropped her off after 'doing her', and only hit the boy" - Mukesh Singh (accused)
3. "The death penalty will make things even more dangerous for girls. Now when they rape, they won't leave the girl like we did. They will kill her. Before, they would rape and say, 'Leave her, she won't tell anyone.' Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl. Death" - Mukesh Singh (accused)
4. "In our society, we never allow our girls to come out from the house after 6:30 or 7:30 or 8:30 in the evening with any unknown person" - Advocate ML Sharma
5. "If my daughter or sister engaged in pre-marital activities and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and character by doing such things, I would most certainly take this sort of sister or daughter to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight" - Advocate AP Singh.
Among the accused, Ram Singh died in Tihar jail due to a possible suicide. A juvenile too was a part of the crime, however, he is released after serving jail term. The rest have been awarded death penalty. We await Delhi Crime to shed some light on this case.