'United Kingdom's Daughters' shows rape is not just an Indian problem!

This documentary will shock you!

The BBC documentary titled India's Daughters has been banned in India. One of the reasons that was cited for this was the fact that the documentary -- made on the Nirbhaya rape case perpetrated on December 16th 2012 -- labelled India a country of rapists. One Indian even went to the extent of making a video called United Kingdom's Daughter, which highlights the rape problem in UK.

The recent incident of a German scholar refusing to accept an Indian man's admission application into her research programme, citing India's 'rape problem' as a cause, only highlights this belief. In her rejection letter she wrote, 'Unfortunately, I don t accept any Indian male students for internships. We hear a lot about the rape problem in India, which I cannot support. I have many female students in my group, so I think this attitude is something I cannot support.' While this did send the social media into a tizzy, with even the German ambassador of India sending her a scathing letter, it clearly shows what the world thinks about our country. But is that all we care about as a nation? Our image? Or is it not time we took a stand, faced reality and fixed the problem?

In an attempt to thwart the negative press, both the ban and the fact that India is being thought of in such poor light, an Indian man settled in the UK has released a documentary titled UK's Daughters. He says the documentary is an effort to show the world that it is not only Indian women who are plagued by the menace of rape, but the horrendous act is an international phenomenon.

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What is UK's daughter about?

The documentary made by an Indian, Harvinder Singh, starts off by highlighting the statistics of rape in the UK. Shockingly it states that 250 women are raped in the UK everyday and that one third of Britons believe that rape is the woman's fault; which is not very different from what India's Daughters highlighted.

In contrast, UK's daughters is shorter than India's Daughters (about 29 minutes long) and is shot from the perspective of the victims and not the rapist. One of the first victims the host interviews is Sarah, a mother, who was raped two years before the filming of this documentary. Her statements about how she wishes she could go back to being happy, carefree, let her guard down and just relax make you wonder about the lives these women are left with after they have been ravaged in such a horrendous way.

The video also shows one of the biggest challenges most rape victims face -- reporting the matter to the authorities. A very emotionally draining experience, most women feel it is akin to being raped all over again. A recent statement by pop star Madonna about how she thought it was futile to report her rape, further cements this belief. In an interview with E! Online, Madonna said, 'You've already been violated. It's just not worth it. It's too much humiliation.'

Clearly rape in not an Indian phenomenon, it is a global problem. While people are still arguing about why rape happens, what the law should do to punish the rapists and how they can help the victims; the question still lingers, will watching the BBC documentary, India's Daughters really make that much of a difference, or are we all collectively being ostritch-like and burying our head in the sand?

Image source: Getty Images

Video Source: YouTube/Harvinder Singh

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