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Jeffrey Archer addressing an audience in Bangalore

British author Jeffrey Archer said the ban on airing of the BBC documentary on the December 16, 2012 gang-rape was not good in a democratic country like India.

Jeffrey Archer addressing an audience in Bangalore
Jeffrey Archer addressing an audience in Bangalore

“It is not a good thing in a democracy (to ban) and things have changed so much…,” Archer told IANS here in response to a question on whether it was right for India to put a curb on the documentary.

Referring to the liberalisation of women in modern India, he said it came down to what the present generation felt on the ban.

“Its much more what you think. Its your country and if you feel strongly you must make a protest,” he said.

Archer, former politician, is in India to launch his book “Mightier Than The Sword”, the fifth in the Clifton Chronicle series of books.

“Basically if you ban something, everybody wants to see it. I wish they would ban my book because then everybody wants to have it,” he said, adding he has not seen the controversial documentary.

The documentary “India’s Daughter”, by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, has triggered an uproar over the interview of Mukesh Singh, one of the six convicts of the December 16, 2012 gang rape on a moving bus in Delhi.

Mukesh Singh, in the documentary, has blamed the 23-year-old paramedical student for the fatal sexual assault on her.