Series focuses on aftermath of crime that pushed government into changing sexual assault laws
Two Delhi police officers drive along a dark highway to the home of an accused rapist, reflecting on the increasingly sadistic violence they are seeing in the Indian capital. Its simple, one tells the other. The bigger the gap between the rich and poor, the more the crimes.
Delhi Crime, a Netflix miniseries debuting globally on Friday, reconstructs the police investigation into the notorious 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh. The students killing triggered protests across India, reform of the countrys sexual assault laws and an ongoing reckoning about womens safety in the country.
The appropriately moody drama dwells on the role that Indias widening inequality could have played in Singhs murder and crimes like it, though that isnt the only culprit identified over seven hour-long episodes.
In the same scene in the car, one of the officers describes an India exploding with poorly educated young men fighting over a small pool of jobs, with ideas about sex and women drawn either from patriarchal custom or pornography. If they dont get it, they take it, with no regard for the consequences, he says. After all, they have nothing to lose.
Despite the dark subject matter, the director Richie Mehta says he set out to tell a positive story. Its not about the illustration of evil, the Canadian-Indian says. Its about the aftermath and the people who deal with it.
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