Meryl Streep on the banned Nirbhaya BBC documentary at its premiere in the US

Leslee Udwin, director of India's Daughter, said the December 2012 rape and the protests that followed was an "Arab spring for gender equality."

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The BBC documentary, depicting the aftermath of the brutal gang rape and murder of the Nirbhaya in 2012 saw its US premier on March 9 at the Baruch College of the City University of New York. It was attended by Oscar-winning actor Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto in a show of support for the film banned in India.

Streep and Pinto, who is Plan's "Because I am a Girl" global ambassador was joined by the documentary's director Leslee Udwin at the screening.

Udwin, a Plan ambassador, said the December 2012 rape and the protests that followed was an "Arab spring for gender equality."

"What impelled me to leave my husband and two children for two years while I made the film in India was not so much the horror of the rape as the inspiring and extraordinary eruption on the streets. A cry of 'enough is enough'. Unprecedented numbers of ordinary men and women, day after day, faced a ferocious government crackdown that included tear gas, baton charges and water cannon. They were protesting for my rights and the rights of all women. That gives me optimism. I can't recall another country having done that in my lifetime," Udwin said.

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