This is the story of the horrific gang rape and murder of a 23 year old medical student in Delhi and the protests it ignited throughout India.
After a trip to the cinema one evening in 2012, Jyoti Singh and her male friend Awindra Pratap Pandey boarded a bus home. Some time later the bodies of Jyoti and Awindra were tossed out of the bus onto the side of the road. Jyoti had been brutally and repeatedly raped by a gang of men on the bus, she subsequently died from her injuries in hospital. This attack on a young medical student in India’s capital sent shockwaves across the country and around the world, with protestors demanding a change in attitudes towards women. Six men were found guilty of Jyoti’s rape and murder shortly after the attack.
India’s Daughter tells, for the first time, the inside story on the events that led to such widespread anger, examining the values and mind-sets of the rapists as well as society more broadly. Director Leslee Udwin gains exclusive access, speaking to both the victim’s parents and those of the perpetrators as well as a revealing, chilling interview with one of the rapists from his prison cell. India’s Daughter is a powerful, urgent piece of filmmaking that’s not to be missed.
What the audience said
I thought that the film was very interesting and powerful, but definitely very hard to watch. It shed light into gender inequality in India, as well as the amount of sexual crimes that occur in various places throughout the world.
The question and answer portion of the screening was particularly interesting because there was a young woman in the audience who actually partook in the protests in India. It was really interesting to hear about her personal experience. The film has been banned in India and Udwin spent a while talking about how she felt about that and how the India television network played a black screen for an hour in support of the film. Overall, it was a really good documentary and one that more people should see.
- Student (anonymous)
How Can I Get Involved?
To find out more about issues raised in the film and to get involved visit:
- The Fawcett Society - The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading charity promoting gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life. We want to see a society in which individuals can fulfil their potential regardless of their sex.
Women Against Rape - Women Against Rape is based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. They campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Since 1915, WILPF has brought women from across the world together. They share a vision of peace by non-violent means, promoting justice for all.