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Banned Indian rape documentary debuts in US; Streep attends

March 10, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — A rape documentary banned by the Indian government has received its U.S. premiere at a star-studded New York event including Meryl Streep and Indian actress Freida Pinto.

Monday’s screening of “India’s Daughter” at Baruch College started with a candlelight vigil honoring the medical student who died after being gang-raped on a bus in 2012.

Streep told a packed auditorium that victim Jyoti Singh was not only India’s daughter but “she’s our daughter, too.”

The documentary was directed by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, herself a rape victim. Its U.S. premiere follows a week of controversy in India.

The uproar focuses on comments by one of the six rapists interviewed for the film. He blamed the victim for taking a bus late in the evening.

“India’s Daughter” was first shown on a BBC channel last week.

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