Questions of perspective on India’s Daughter | Letters

Letters: The documentary about the Delhi rape should also have said that this is a worldwide problem in which Britain has one of the worst records

Jayati Ghosh (Since the Delhi rape things have got worse, 7 March) mars an otherwise fine article on the banning of the documentary India’s Daughter by repeating a criticism that appears to take issue with the film’s provenance at the cost of what it actually says, reveals and supports. Far from displaying signs of a “white saviour” mentality, the narrative dispenses with the usual authorial voice and allows a powerful and moving story to emerge directly from the words of those most closely involved in the horrific rape and its aftermath – parents, friends, street protestors, lawyers, police and the rapists themselves. This assemblage of perspectives, quite rare in a documentary, together with the constant focus on Jyoti Singh’s full life-story and humanity rather than merely her victimhood, make the film both eloquent testimony and sensitive homage at the same time.
Sandip Hazareesingh
Arts Faculty, Open University

• India’s Daughter moralises on the atrocity in Delhi by claiming that this is a disease in Indian society (Editorial, 6 March). It should also have said that this is a worldwide problem in which Britain has one of the worst records.
Nitin Mehta
Croydon

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