Delhi didn’t become the rape capital of the nation overnight. A staggering number of events over the national capital, a metropolitan city with a literacy rate higher than 2/3 of Indian cities in existence and a lifestyle index higher than most have led Delhi to infamously claim the rather spiteful title. While all these cases of rape and cases of assault against women have been widely reported in the media prompting appropriate (and inappropriate, at times) public response, none of the cases shook the collective conscience of an entire nation that was awakened from its slumber to the horrifying reality of crimes against women and the deplorable issue of women safety in the streets, in public places and even their homes.
The case that did that was the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case, an event so horrid to recount, yet stays in our memory as if burnt into the conscience of this nation as a sorry reminder of the failure of the government who failed to act swiftly, every individual who parries or has parried in wrongful behavior against women, and the collective humanity of an unassuming public. Five of the perpetrators were hanged to death in a long due verdict by the Supreme Court in 2017, while one of them is out of juvenile court after serving a three year term in a correctional facility.
‘Delhi Crime’ is a seven-part series produced by Netflix that documents the police procedural and aftermath of the incident, and is out for streaming on 22nd March. As is the case with every true crime series, we expect the subject matter of the series to be handled with utmost respect, care and sensitivity, and I’m sure that with the extensive amount of research director Richie Mehta seems to have based this series on, that will be the case. Until that, we have compiled a list of police procedurals and true crime stories that effectively document the impact of said event in a manner that makes us think. Here’s the list of best series similar to ‘Delhi Crime’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these shows like ‘Delhi Crime’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Firebrand (2019)
‘Firebrand’ belongs to the same school of films as a lot of others on this list, most notably, the same kind of paradox that ‘Soni’ has at the heart of its premise: a strong female protagonist dedicated to defending women facing injustice but brought down by the same kind of bigotry or assault in their personal lives. This Marathi language film has a riveting fire in its core, yet is presented as a quiet, introspective film with a finale that is divisive at best. However, more than anything, it’s the performances that uplift this little, understated film. Usha Jadhav, Sachin Khedekar, Girish Kulkarni and Rajeshwari Sachdev are all stellar in their roles, portraying flesh and blood characters in this lesser known Indie. The film is available for streaming on Netflix, so you know where to find It the next time you switch on your television sets.
9. Soni (2018)