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Tihar Jail sends notice to BBC, director Udwin for breach of conditions

Tihar authorities said they were shown only a short version of the film.

By: Express News Service | New Delhji |
Updated: March 6, 2015 6:39:29 am
gangrape Film-maker Leslee Udwin, Director of the documentary ‘India’s Daughter’, speaks during a press conference.

Tihar authorities on Thursday issued a legal notice to the producers and director of the controversial documentary, India’s Daughter, on the December 16 gangrape case stating that they have violated the conditions laid by the prison authorities and had misled them while seeking permission to shoot inside Tihar.

Tihar authorities said they were shown only a short version of the film. The officials also said after viewing that version, they had raised a few objections — including deletion of the interview wherein one of the convicts in the gangrape case, Mukesh Singh, is seen justifying the act of rape. But the film crew, the officials alleged, did not comply with this.

“We served legal notices at the two offices of the BBC in Delhi and also to the producer, co-producer and director of the documentary,” Tihar Jail PRO Mukesh Prasad said.

“The documentary film-maker, Leslee Udwin, had shown us an edited short version of the interview in mid-June, 2014, in accordance with an agreement between us. We objected on several points after seeing that. One of them was the derogatory remark about women made by Mukesh. We also objected to shots of the prison, which is a breach of security.”

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Prasad said they listed all the objections and e-mailed it to Udwin a day or two after the screening of the short version, but did not get a proper reply. Prasad further said Udwin did not inform Tihar authorities about the date of release of the documentary. “We came to know about the release through the media a few days ago. We have written to Udwin about all these violations and we want her to reply,” he said.

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