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Netflix dramatises notorious India gang-rape murder case

The series, filmed in English and Hindi, was well received at its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

It stars Shefali Shah (“Monsoon Wedding”) as the lead investigating officer, and also features actors Adil Hussain (“Life of Pi”) and Denzil Smith (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”).

Nearly 40,000 rape cases were reported in India in 2016.

But activists say that is just the tip of the iceberg, with many victims too scared to come forward.

Politicians and religious leaders initially blamed Singh for inciting her own murder, echoing prevailing attitudes in India where rape victims face overwhelming prejudice.

Even one of the perpetrators blamed her, saying women who went out late at night attracted men.

Indian authorities banned the broadcast of a BBC documentary by British film-maker Leslee Udwin about Singh in 2015, saying they would not allow anyone to use the incident for commercial purposes.

Mehta said he spoke to Singh’s family to assure them their daughter’s horrific murder would not be depicted in the drama.

But her father, Badrinath Singh, said the series would still open too many old wounds.

“We will not watch it because it will be too painful,” Singh told AFP.

“Of course we can’t ever forget what happened to our daughter but we don’t want to be taken through the horror all over again. The pain will be too much to bear for my family.” -AFP

Article source: http://www.aaj.tv/2019/03/netflix-dramatises-notorious-india-gang-rape-murder-case/

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