October 11th was the UN International Day of the Girl. BHRC marked the occasion by chairing a panel discussion after the screening of India’s Daughter at the Regent Street cinema in London. The event was organised by Plan UK and was part of its Because I’m a Girl campaign.

Panellists: Film Director Leslee Udwin, Plan UK CEO Tanya Barron, Dr Rashmi Tirawi of the Aahan Tribal Foundation of India, Kirsty Brimelow QC

Through this ground-breaking documentary, the Director Leslee Udwin has focused attention on the root issues that led to the gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh. Chair of BHRC, Kirsty Brimelow QC, joined the stage with a diverse selection of celebrities, Plan Ambassador Kathy Lette, Chief Executive of Plan UK Tanya Barron and tireless campaigner Bianca Jagger.

Jyoti’s name in Sanskrit means “light”. A candle was lit in memory of Jyoti. In 2012, India’s outpouring of grief and anger at the attack upon Jyoti tumbled onto the streets as men, women and girls protested that enough was enough. Whilst the Verma report was quickly produced, BHRC believes it is also high time that the government of India finds a way to lift its ban on this important film.