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Banned Indian Rape Documentary Premiers In U.S.

Leslee Udwin, director of the documentary 'India's Daughter', gestures during a press conference in New Delhi on March 3.

A rape documentary banned from airing in India has received its U.S. premiere.

Actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto were among those on hand on March 9 for the screening of the film India's Daughter at a school in New York City.

Streep lit about a dozen candles honoring the Indian medical student who died after being gang-raped on a bus in 2012.

"Tonight we light these candles to honor the value and the work of Jyoti Singh's short, promising life," Streep said.

The woman was attacked when she and a male companion boarded a private bus in Delhi.

The documentary details a brutal account of how six men beat her friend and then gang-raped her in the bus before tossing her onto the street.

She later died of her injuries. Four men were sentenced to death for the rape and murder.

Based on reporting by AP

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