Netflix dramatises notorious India gang rape murder case
Channel News Asia: Filmmaker Richie Mehta was at first reluctant to make Netflix’s latest Indian series, documenting the after math of the notorious gang-rape and murder of an Indian student that made global headlines. Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, was violently raped and assaulted and left for dead by five men and a teenager on a bus in New Delhi in December 2012.
The horrific crime shone an international spotlight on India’s high levels of sexual violence, and sparked weeks of protests and eventually a change in the law to introduce the death penalty for rape.
“Initially I was against the idea. I thought it was inappropriate for anyone to do it,” the Indian-Canadian director said during an interview in Mumbai.
“But after I read the verdict and met some of the officers involved, I was amazed. The verdict detailed the manhunt and who these people were and how they were found.
“I realised that this analysis of hunting these guys is also a way of understanding why these things happen,” he added.