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Delhi police stall interview broadcast with gang-rapist

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Police in New Delhi have obtained a court injunction to block the broadcast in India of an interview with a convicted gang-rapist, police officials said Wednesday.

In the interview, Mukesh Singh, who was convicted of gang-raping a 23-year-old female student on a bus in New Delhi in December 2012, says that future rape victims would be at greater risk of being killed if the death penalty was imposed on rapists.

Singh also blamed victims for getting raped, and said that his victim would not have died if she had not fought back against her attackers.

“We have secured a court order that prevents broadcast and publication of the documentary,” said Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat.

The charges against the film relate to “outraging a woman’s modesty and breach of peace,” he said. Police obtained the injunction late Tuesday.

The interview appears on a documentary by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin. The film was scheduled to be shown on TV channels in India, Britain and elsewhere to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday.

Udwin said she received permission from Indian authorities including the home ministry to conduct the interview. Udwin could challenge the decision to block the broadcast in court, local media reported.

The female student was beaten and raped by six men aboard a Delhi bus. She later died of her injuries at a Singapore hospital.

Four men, including Singh, the driver of the bus, were given death sentences for the crime. A fifth person – a juvenile – was found guilty and sentenced to three years in a correctional home.

The Delhi gang rape led to protests across the country as well as international outrage, prompting the government to amend the country’s laws to apply stricter punishment for rape. SAPA

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