While I think the documentary INDIA’S DAUGHTER was well-intentioned, it has some serious flaws. I agree with the article linked below. You can’t separate the problem of rape in India from class and economic oppression. It’s not a stand alone problem. Also I agree with feminists in India who have criticized the film as being patriarchal (the title) and also felt a little condescending in a “white man’s burden” type of way. Overall, I found it an oversimplification....However, those problems pale in comparison to a really big one. While the director denies this, numerous witnesses have spoken up that the rapist who talks on camera was paid money for the interview. That is completely unacceptable and I believe it violates the law as well! If that was the case, criminal charges should be filed.
Also I’ve seen a lot of outrage online about the comments of the rapists’ defense attorney in the documentary. His comments are indeed ugly and reprehensible but that is the job of the defense attorney – to get his client off or at least avoid the death penalty....If you are offended by this, I would like to tell you a story....In the US state of Arkansas in 1975, a man was charged with raping a 12 year old girl. The defense attorney who represented the man was able to get a reduced sentence by impugning the integrity, sexual history, and behavior of the 12 year old girl as well as having evidence excluded on a technicality (including the girls bloody underwear). In audio tapes of an interview conducted after the trial, the attorney laughed about getting her client off and the fact he passed a polygraph. She said “it made her lose her faith in polygraphs”. Ugly? Disgusting? And who was the defense attorney in question? Why Hillary Clinton of course! I think if one feels so strongly about defense attorneys, then we can all agree Hillary Clinton is not fit to be president but that’s a topic for another post.