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Rape film could further hurt Denmark-India ties

Danmarks Radio was heavily involved in the new documentary India's Daughter, which has been banned by Indian authorities and threatens to further strain relations between Copenhagen and Delhi.

Rape film could further hurt Denmark-India ties
DR is billing India's Daughter as "the gang rape that shook the world". Photo: Plus Pictures/DR
The documentary India’s Daughter, which tells the story of the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi, may damage Denmark’s already strained relationship with India. 
 
Although the film is being presented as a BBC production, Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) was deeply involved in the film’s creation and its director, Israeli-born Leslee Udwin, resides in the Copenhagen area. 
 
Indian officials have banned the film and according to Berlingske are considering legal action against the BBC. If DR also gets brought into the proceedings, it could further deteriorate the diplomatic bonds between Denmark and India, which have suffered serious setbacks over the Denmark’s refusal to extradite suspected gunrunner Niels Holck. 
 
Holck, known in India as Kim Davy, is wanted in India for allegedly delivering weapons to rebel forces in West Bengal in 1995. 
 
Holck has argued that he would face potential torture if extradited to India and although the Danish government initially granted India’s request to have the Dane stand trial before an Indian court, Holck's appeal against the decision was upheld by the Danish court system. The Indian government has retaliated against Denmark by freezing relations between the two countries. 
 
DR’s head of documentaries, Mette Hoffmann Meyer, told Berlingske that India’s Daughter “is as much a DR production as it is a BBC production”. 
 
“We had our Danish producer Mette Heide and Plus Pictures involved in the whole production along with Leslee Udwin and DR, which financed the production in cooperation with the BBC,” Meyer said. 
 
The Danish connections to India’s Daughter, which aired on DR1 Sunday night and will be re-aired Tuesday night on DR2, could turn relations between India and Denmark even frostier. 
 
“You never know what will happen, but for now I doubt that the relationship between India and Danmarks Radio – or Denmark in general – can be much worse than it already is. Danish journalists have been barred from entering India for years. Meanwhile, the Indian media up until now has been describing the documentary as a BBC production, so maybe they are not even aware that DR is part of it,” Stig Toft Madsen, an expert on India at the University of Copenhagen’s Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, told Berlingske. 
 
Meyer said that to her knowledge the Indian Embassy has not contacted DR about the documentary.
 
India’s daughter can be viewed online here (within Denmark) and here (within the UK). Rights to the film have been sold to 16 countries. 

HANDBALL

Two more Indian handball players found

With the discovery of two teenagers at Copenhagen Central Station early on Monday, six of the 11 players have now been found. They tell police that they ran off to avoid a beating from their coach.

Two more Indian handball players found
Two players were found at Copenhagen Central Station on Monday morning. Photo: Hunter Desportes/Flickr
Two more players from the Indian handball team that went missing over the weekend have been found.
 
A DSB employee spotted the two young Indian players at Copenhagen Central Station early on Monday and notified police. With the four players who were discovered on Sunday evening at a Sikh centre in Vanløse, six of the 11 players have now been found. 
 
The entire team of an India handball squad were reported missing on Saturday after they left the site of an international handball tournament in the northern Jutland town of Dronninglund. The young men are between the ages of 13 and 20. 
 
The team was supposed to have taken a train from Aalborg to Copenhagen on Saturday evening and then get on a plane back to India. The team’s training staff went back to India without the missing teens. 
 
Four of the Indian players were discovered on Sunday near a Sikh centre in Vanløse. Those four are in police custody, although police have stressed that the players have not broken any laws. The two players found on Monday morning at the train station have been reunited with the other four. The whereabouts of the five remaining players remains unknown.
 
According to various media reports, the boys have told police that they ran off to avoid being physically beaten by their coach.
 
“The Indians explained that they take a beating from their coaches when they lose handball games. That’s why they ran off,” police spokesman Henrik Beck told Ritzau. “They did not want to return to India with their coaches.”
 
Police hope to find the remaining five players on Monday.
 
The Indians have valid visas for being in Denmark until Wednesday, July 16th. 
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