BBC Moves Forward Airing of Indian Gang Rape Doc
'India's Daughter' had been banned from broadcast in India by local authorities.
The BBC has move up its premiere of its contentious documentary about the fatal 2012 gang rape of a woman in Delhi after it was banned from Indian screens by local authorities.
India’s Daughter, by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, was due to air on Sunday — International Women’s Day — but will now screen on BBC4 at 10 p.m. GMT on March 4.
"Given the intense level of interest in the Storyville film India’s Daughter, we have brought transmission forward to 10 p.m. tonight, 4 March, on BBC Four to enable viewers to see this incredibly powerful documentary at the earliest opportunity," the BBC said in a statement on its website.
Earlier on Wednesday, the BBC responded to the documentary's banning in India by stating that it was sure the program "fully complies" with its own editorial guidelines.
"This harrowing documentary, made with the full support and co-operation of the victim’s parents, provides a revealing insight into a horrific crime that sent shock waves around the world and led to protests across India demanding changes in attitudes towards women," the public broadcaster wrote.
"The documentary has the backing of a number of other public service broadcasters, however the BBC is only responsible for transmission of the film in the U.K.," it added.