New Film Uncovers Shocking Views on Rape in India

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Hanging ropes are displayed as part of an installation seeking death penalty for rapists on the second anniversary of the deadly gang rape of a student on a bus, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The case sparked public outrage and helped make women’s safety a common topic of conversation in a country where rape is often viewed as a woman’s personal shame to bear. Saurabh Das / AP

A new documentary based on the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 highlights gender inequality and sex crimes in India, with the seeming lack of remorse among those convicted of the crime shocking even the film's director.

Leslee Udwin's "India's Daughter" features conversations with Mukesh Singh and fellow convicts who raped and tortured a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in December 2012, sparking nationwide protests and forcing India to toughen anti-rape laws.

Comments released to the media showed that in the film, Singh blames the victim for the crime and resisting rape.

"A decent girl won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," Singh says in the film, according to a statement by the filmmakers.

"I got an insight and an understanding into the way he views women. That is what is extremely shocking, not what he did," Udwin told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday. "Mukesh's attitude is: Why (are people) making a fuss about us, everybody is doing it."

The film will have its world premiere on March 8, showing in India as well as Britain, Denmark and other countries simultaneously on the occasion of International Women's Day.

--Reuters

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