Banned Indian rape documentary debuts in US; Streep attends

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.

Monday’s screening of “India’s Daughter” at Baruch (buh-ROOK’) 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 victim Jyoti Singh was not only India’s daughter. Streep says “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.