It was a news story that caused global outrage: the 2012 Delhi gang rape. Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, was violently raped on a moving bus in Delhi, later dying of horrific internal injuries. Now, Delhi Crime a new TV show on Netflix recounts the events surrounding the crime – with the first trailer having dropped today.
The trailer begins with DCP Vartika Chaturvedi (played by Shefali Shah) dealing with the scene of the crime by saying: “This crime is not just heinous. It’s insanity.” Written and directed by Richie Mehta, the seven-part series, which is available to watch from March 22, recounts the real-life investigation by telling it through a police perspective. Having premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2019, and starring Adil Hussain, Rasika Dugal and Rajesh Tailang, the series delves into the emotional toll the crime took on the police to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“The making of Delhi Crime has been a personally transformative journey; speaking to every individual involved, retracing the paths that the police took during the course of the investigation, and hearing of the determination that it took for the case to be closed, despite severe limitations,” Mehta told Deadline. “I hope that we’ve been able to provide context, catharsis and open once again a difficult conversation that must be had about the forces that enabled this brutality.”
Singh, who was riding the bus with a male friend, was raped for almost an hour and beaten with iron rods. The crime sparked public protests at the time – with many women demanding better women’s rights – leaving one police officer dead. In 2014, four men were convicted by police and given the death penalty. However, one died in prison and another was released having served three years in a reform facility for juveniles. Since 2013, rapes laws were tightened in India. However, according to the National Crimes Records Bureau, in 2016 the rape of minor girls increased by 82 per cent, compared to 2015.
“Shows like this bring a much-needed lens to the lived reality of women around the world,” said Simran Sethi, director of international originals on Netflix. “Watching this series is an affecting experience, and we are sure it will be as meaningful of an experience for Netflix audiences as it was for us.”
Watch the trailer in full below: