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    The film's creators, including director Leslee Udwin, and their supporters have stated that the purpose of the documentary is not to insult.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Indian government's ban of a BBC documentary about a brutal gang rape in the country in 2012 violates freedom of speech and should be challenged, the film's creators told the BBC on Wednesday.

    During the film an interviewee expresses no remorse while being filmed and blames the crime on the victim, claiming she was indecent and provoked him, adding that girls engaging in "pre-marital activities" must be punished. The comments immediately caused public outrage in India and were one of the key reasons for stopping the documentary being broadcast in the country.

    The film's creators, including director Leslee Udwin, and their supporters have stated that the purpose of the documentary is not to insult but is trying "to show the disease is not the rapists, the disease is in society."

    Official permission was given for the film, and the documentary does not violate any standards, and was shot efficiently "in full compliance with the editorial guidelines," the BBC press service noted.

    Some Indian lawmakers also spoke out against the government's ban of the documentary.

    "Banning this movie is not the answer. We have to confront the issue, that men in India do not respect women, and any time there is a rape, blame is put on the woman," Indian lawmaker and social worker Anu Aga was quoted as saying by the BBC.

    The parents of the victim also expressed their support for the documentary to be broadcast, although, they do not agree with the rapist's comments.

    "India's Daughter" is to be aired on BBC 4 on March 8, International Women's Day. The core subject of the documentary is Mukesh Singh from Delhi who is among the four men convicted and sentenced to death for the gang rape and killing of a female student.

    The brutal attack happened in Delhi on December 16, 2012. A 23-year-old woman and her male friend were returning home and boarded a bus alongside the four men. The gang beat the man and raped the woman, clubbing her with an iron rod. She was severely injured and died on December 29 in hospital.

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