#IndiasDaughter was the worldwide trending Hashtag today, and not without a reason. The controversial BBC documentary called “India’s Daughter” in regards to infamous 2012 Delhi gang-rape case went live on Youtube today. However, Indian Government, namely Ministries of External Affairs, Home and Information & Broadcasting swiftly took action and removed it from Youtube.
Indian Government had earlier lodged protest against airing the documentary, however BBC still went ahead and broadcasted “India’s Daughter” in UK on BBC on Wednesday night.
The controversial documentary was made by Leslee Udwin about the rape and murder of Nirbhaya (as she has been called since the incidence) that set India alight.
In last few days, media has buzzing about an interview in the documentary by one of the 6 convicted rapists, Mukesh Singh, who looked remorseless and made statements that displayed the ugly mindset of these rapists.
Today, earlier in the morning, the documentary went live on Youtube, which was uploaded by Game Pundits (see comment), even though Communications and IT Ministry had told Youtube that the issue was very sensitive and it should not be allowed the upload.
However, after the Govt got the court order in the afternoon, the Youtube video page shows “URL Blocked”, however, it was still available for people to be viewed.
A Youtube spokesperson said, “While we believe that access to information is the foundation of a free society, and that services like YouTube help people express themselves and share different points of view, we continue to remove content that is illegal or violates our community guidelines, once notified,”
It is interesting to note that currently the Youtube URL where the
BBC Game Pundits had uploaded the documentary shows, “This video has been removed by the user.” This means that even though the page is accessible, BBC Game Pundits has pulled down the video.
However, for a few hours that the documentary was live, many users seem to have managed to download it and again upload it on Youtube under their account. The complete documentary can still be viewed here and here. At the time of writing this, these videos were still available.
Now, that this documentary is online for a few hours, hundreds of people may have already managed to download it, and the documentary will surely pop-up on various other video sites as well!