The documentary film made by BBC on brutal December 16 gangrape has hit hornet’s nest, sparking off a new debate. In the face of controversies erupted owing to the documentary, the Indian government put a blanket ban on its telecast, but one school of thought rebuffed the government’s move to rein in the airing of the film. They are of the opinion that banning the broadcast of the documentary amounts to the muzzling the freedom of expression. Despite the government’s red flag to the broadcast of the documentary, the BBC went ahead to air the film, which is also available on the Internet, in the United Kingdom and other countries. In the era of information explosion such ban is of little significance and raising question over the freedom of expression on such sort of matter is not a new issue. Whenever there is a telecast on such a sensitive issue, society splits into two sides: one group say, they have reservation for the ban on such sort of issue in the name of freedom of expression while others say that there should be some limitations to the independence. Some people of the country say that whatever shown in the documentary is the reality of Indian society and this is the mirror of the society where women are considered as second grade citizen. And those who have antagonistic stand against the documentary are of the opinion that the freedom of expression does not mean that the viewpoints of the convict of brutal gangrape should be highlighted in a manner that indicates the attitude of women being responsible for their pathetic plight. According to a lager section of society, the documentary has portrayed the society in a wrong perspective.   
Undoubtedly, Delhi gangrape had churned up Indian minds that put up many questions which are still relevant, but it is objectionable to showcase the viewpoints of one convict Mukesh Singh as a stance of whole Indian society. It is a deliberate bid to malign the image of India that the poor and middle class of the country cannot tolerate women belonging to higher crust of the society and they indulge in such heinous crime in order to teach them a lesson. Sociologists can diverge on exact cause of such a brutal act, but it cannot be concluded that such atrocities are inflicted only because of punishing job-oriented girls and modern-mindset women. Gangrape manifests simply a distorted mind and the convicts displayed aberration in their thinking. The propositions of the lawyer of convicts have also maligned the image of India.      
Nobody can deny that despite consciousness, women are not getting due respect in the Indian society. Women are treated with disrespect on many accounts. It's also true that the women are lagging behind the men in our country due to narrow mindedness of various classes in the society, but the rape incident cannot be the mirror of Indian society. Unfortunately, the BBC has tried to play with the credibility of Indian society on basis of nefarious thoughts of a rapist and her counsel. It's clearly evident from the statement of documentary's producer made at a time of leaving India. According to her, Indian society is an ailing society. It would have been better, had the BBC pondered over that is the rapist concocting a story to defend himself from his gruesome crime? It seems that such types of questions were placed before the rapist so that he could answer easily to prove himself innocent and victim wrong. The documentary has put up a question mark on BBC's thought over Delhi rape incident. It's difficult to even imagine that an average man sees the women in the angle of teaching them a lesson. A rapist has already perverted thoughts and he is in search of opportunity to carry out his despicable desires. It's evident that in case of arrest, he gives unfair plea to prove himself innocent. Every incident of rape is a result of mental disorder which cannot be linked with entire society. It's bizarre that BBC TV's director is defending himself through the logic that this documentary is creating awareness about a global problem.
The documentary has presented a negative image of Indian society on the basis of heinous thoughts of rapist as well as his counsel. It's right that Indian society still does not accept women's social liberty and openness in the name of tradition. The incidents of honour killing also reflect the weakness of Indian society, but this weakness persists due to conservative mindset which is not directly linked to rape incidents. The lawyers, who have presented their wicked thoughts, have already drawn criticism due to such opinions. Presenting their controversial thoughts before the society once again is nothing but creating sensation.
Media is free to analyse any social incident on its own. Media should not be forced to adopt a particular viewpoint, but it should keep in mind that freedom of expression must not turn arbitrary. Media must ponder over that what message the society gets from its analysis? BBC documentary not only maligns the image of Indian society and country but also creates fear in the minds of women. This will discourage the women who want to live in an open atmosphere. It would be better if BBC cites reasons behind its intent. BBC, which was considered to be an ideal in the field of journalism, must answer this question. Neither can BBC nor other organisation benefit India by portraying Indian society in negative light. It's not right that the BBC is all set to telecast documentary in the US by overlooking all the questions.
(An original copy of the article published in Hindi on March 8, 2015 translated by the English editorial. The author is the Group Editor of Dainik Jagran)