Ever since the controversial BBC documentary on the December 16 Delhi gang rape was banned from being broadcast inIndia, social media has been flooding with various opinions:

In a turnaround of sorts, an unlikely pair of people, those who originally have been in conflict, or have held opposing points,  have begun to agree on their stance about the banning of the documentary. Here are some of those unlikely couples:

1. Arnab Goswami and Meenakshi Lekhi

Goswami and Lekhi have famously fought on national television. But they’ve both had similar stances on the documentary. Arnab Goswami calls the documentary voyeuristic and not journalism:

According to this NDTV report, Meenakshi Lekhi said, “The sense of this House is signalling to the government to not let this documentary air. There should be proper investigation in this matter. This affects tourism… the police should take appropriate action… they should be charged under appropriate sections.”

Watch their famous fight here:

2. The Government and Women’s Rights Activists

Rajnath Singh strongly opposed the broadcasting of the documentary, questioning who gave the filmmaker legal rights to conduct the interview. “We had asked to not release the documentary, but BBC still released it, and we will investigate and the MHA will take action accordingly… The conditions have been breached so action will be taken accordingly. I won’t comment any further on it,” he said.

Rajnath Singh in a file photo. ReutersRajnath Singh in a file photo. Reuters

Rajnath Singh in a file photo. Reuters

Similarly, women’s rights activists, such as Kavita Krishnan, consider the film anti-women and against the law. “This documentary can hamper our judicial process and affect the quest for giving justice to the rape victim,” said Krishnan to ANI.

“At present, the defendant’s appeal against conviction and death sentence is pending before the Supreme Court, therefore, airing the documentary would amount to gross contempt of Court,” said activist and laywer Indira Jaisingh in a letter to NDTV 

3. BJP and Congress

This is one of the rare issues in which they stand together. Both parties agree to the legal angle of the whole controversy as is revealed in a statement by Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha.

“There are legal provisions that is something for the government to investigate etc…” he says, according to a DNA report. However, he does add that the government needs to arrest the prevelant anti-women culture instead of focusing on the documentary.

4. Chetan Bhagat and Nilanjana Roy


Chetan Bhagat. Image by Reuters.

Both authors in their own right, Roy has always been critical of Bhagat’s literature. In an overall piece about his writings in Business Standard, she mentions how his writings are well within commerical lines. Both authors have agreed that the documentary shouldn’t be banned, but watched and debated upon.

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Meenakshi Lekhi and… Arnab Goswami? Four unlikely allies in India’s daughter debate