NDTV ran a blank screen with only a flickering lamp in the background for an hour from 9pm to 10pm on 8 March, when the documentary, “India’s Daughter” based on Nirbhaya gang-rape Delhi, was due to be telecast to mark International Women's Day.
The channel did not comment publicly about the ban, but its Editorial Director Sonia Singh tweeted "we won't shout but we will be heard" before the protest. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has put ban on the film, on the ground that it may instigate the public.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the documentary was containing comments which were highly derogatory and offends the dignity of a woman". The ban triggered a storm of protest in India, and many personalities tweeted in favour of NDTV’s one hour protest.
"India's Daughter", is a documentary film made by award-winning British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, was due to be shown in seven countries including India and Britain on 8 March. BBC is going to telecast the documentary on 11 March after India announced its ban citing intense public interest.