‘India’s Daughter’: Government asks YouTube to remove gangrape documentary

Despite the central govt ban, the documentary was aired by BBC and uploaded on YouTube

New Delhi: Government has asked video sharing website YouTube to remove the controversial BBC documentary on Delhi gangrape, saying that it is a very sensitive matter.

Despite the Indian Government’s protest, BBC went ahead and released the documentary on Wednesday night in the UK and also uploaded it on the YouTube.

According to sources, Communications and IT Ministry has told Youtube that the issue is very sensitive and it should review its position on the matter, and remove it from the website.

When contacted, a YouTube spokesperson said: “While we believe that access to information is the foundation of a free society and that services like YouTube help people express themselves and share different points of view, we continue to remove content that is illegal or violates our community guidelines, once notified.”

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The video sharing site did not confirm whether it has received a notification from the government, which is required to remove the content from its site.

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At the time of writing this story, the documentary was still available on YouTube and has gone viral with multiple shares.

This comes against the backdrop of government examining options on whether to take legal action against BBC after it went ahead and aired the documentary in the UK.

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BBC aired the documentary, containing the controversial interview of a convict in the December 16 gangrape despite the Home Ministry asking the news organisation not to do so.

A Delhi court in its order restrained airing or broadcasting the interview of the convict Mukesh Singh, which was conducted inside the Tihar jail here, till further orders.

BBC today conveyed to the government that it has no plans to telecast the film in India in compliance with the directive.

( Source : PTI )
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