After a long deliberation, the BBC made the decision to release the documentary, India’s Daughter to YouTube. Less than 24 hours after that decision, the BBC pulled all versions of the film, citing copyright infringment. The film is now only available on BBC iPlayer within the UK. According to QZ, the only way to view the film outside of the UK is a bit shady. “To view the documentary outside of the UK, you’ll need to use a private VPN or a service like Hola! to create a fake IP address in the UK.”
Youtube’s owner, Google released a statement on why it decided to comply with BBC’s request to ban all uploads of the documentary:
“When a copyright holder notifies us of a video that infringes their copyright we remove the content promptly in accordance of the law.”
The highly controversial documentary focuses on the horrific 2012 beating and rape of Jyoti Singh in Delhi, India. It features the aftermath of the crime, as well as an interview with the assailant, Mukesh Singh.
Directed by Leslee Udwin, the film is banned in India because the content caused such controversy in the country. Singh’s disgusting comments and lack of remorse for his actions led to even more protest and controversy around the BBC’s film.
The BBC had planned to release the film on television on March 8, Women’s Day, but decided against it after heavy protests and backlash from the government. It seems no one will be able to view it now.
The BBC has not commented to the media on the situation.