WHY THIS CANADIAN FILMMAKER MADE A TV SERIES ABOUT THE 2012 DELHI BUS RAPE CASE

Richie Mehta said he felt compelled to make Delhi Crime when he met female police officers working on the case

Richie Mehta directed the new Netflix series Delhi Crime. (Galit Rodan/Canadian Press)

A drama series made by Indo-Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta and based on a fatal 2012 gang rape case in Delhi launched on Netflix Friday.

Delhi Crime is a fictionalized depiction of real events surrounding the case of medical student Jyoti Singh.

The 23-year-old was raped and beaten by six men for hours on a moving bus in India’s capital city. She died two weeks later as a result of injuries sustained in the attack.

Mehta, who is from Mississauga, Ont., wrote and directed Delhi Crime, which looks at the obstacles facing the under-resourced police officers who worked on the case, particularly Vartika Chaturvedi, the deputy commissioner who led the investigation.

As It Happens guest host Susan Bonner spoke to Mehta about the series and why he was hesitant to pursue the story until he met with some of the law enforcement officers involved in the case.

Here is part of their conversation.

What was it about this crime that made you decide to write this show?

I was in Delhi when it happened in 2012. We all know what the crime is now, and it’s as incomprehensible hearing it today as it was at the time.

The only difference was you weren’t sure what you were hearing. It was unfolding in a manner which seemed nonsensical because it’s — how can one human being do this to another person?

And then the rumours start to become fact and you realize this is true. This has happened. And so all those complex emotions are inside you. That doesn’t mean you make a film out of it.

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