As India's population booms, her legendary wildlife has been squeezed almost out of existence. But the commitment of the Indian people to preserve their wildlife is surprising - even bringing back what has been lost. This series highlights the stunning transformation of Manas National park, the population recovery of the Asiatic lion and the thriving bio-diversity of the Chambal River.
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India's Daughter is a documentary film directed by Leslee Udwin and is part of the BBC's ongoing Storyville series. The film is based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh who was a physiotherapy student. The film was scheduled to be aired on TV channels round the world on March 8, 2015 to coincide with International Women's Day. However, when excerpts of the film, which included an interview with Mukesh Singh, one of the four men convicted of the rape and murder, were broadcast, a court stay order prohibiting the broadcast was obtained by the Indian police. The BBC complied with the request and did not air the film in India. Yet it aired outside of India on 4 March, was uploaded on YouTube, and soon went viral via shares on social media. On 5 March, the Indian government directed YouTube to block the video in India.
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The film received a 2015 Peabody Award as well as positive reviews in the British press, from Sonia Faleiro in The Guardian and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in The Independent. Some activists have criticised the film. Feminist campaigner Kavita Krishnan, who appears in the film, praised aspects of the film but stated that the film's title reinforces patriarchal attitudes that Indian women are expected to “behave themselves”. She says that the film is part of a wider “white saviour” mentality. She also said the film failed to profile Indian men who are “on the side of law and order and morality” Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, actresses and ambassadors of Because I Am a Girl, expressed their support to the director and film. On 9 March, the documentary film screened during an event at Baruch College, New York City, which was attended by Meryl Streep, Chris Martin, Dakota Fanning and Freida Pinto. The U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Stéphane Dujarric stated on 5 March, “I'm not going to comment on the unspeakable comments that were made by the person accused of raping this girl, but I think the secretary-general has spoken very clearly on the need to halt violence against women and on the need for men to get involved in halting violence against women and decrying it loud and clear every time it occurs.” In an interview on 5 March 2015, the parents of the victim said that everybody should watch the documentary. Bollywood figures including Anushka Sharma, Abhishek Kapoor, Sonal Chauhan, Twinkle Khanna and Punit Malhotra condemned the ban on the same day. Meenakshi Lekhi, a Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson, alleged that in screening the documentary on BBC 4, a channel dedicated to international arts, music and cultural content, that the makers didn't stick to the stated objective of a “social purpose” and were instead trying to benefit commercially by creating controversies. Avanindra Pandey, the friend of the victim who was injured in the attack, said, “The facts are hidden and the content is fake. Only Jyoti and I know what happened on that night and the documentary is far from truth.”
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