Kathua: The grusome rape sparked the political battle in the nation. The Angry, ashamed nation demanding swift action against the perpetrators. Celebrities such as Javed Akhtar, Abhishek Bachchan, Swara Bhasker and Hansal Mehta took to social media to condemn the brutal incidents that have shocked the nation.
In Unnao, a teen rape survivor claimed BJP MP Kuldeep Singh Sengar had raped her and the death of her father in police custody. The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has filed a first information report (FIR) against Sengar.
While in Kathua, eight-year-old Asifa was allegedly gangraped by six men who had held her in captivity in a small temple village for a week in January. She was drugged so that she could be sexually assaulted again before being bludgeoned to death. Noted screenwriter Javed Akhtar said it was high time that people came forward in support of women rights. Abhishek Bachchan shared Asifa’s picture and hashtagged her name.
All those who wish justice for women should stand up and raise their voices against the rapists and their protectors in Unnao and Kathua .
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) April 11, 2018
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) April 12, 2018
Director Hansal Mehta retweeted The New York Times piece which detailed how Asifa’s rape and murder led to protests by Hindu nationalists who defended the accused in the case.
When you say you are Hindu and a nationalist are you trying to say that you are an intolerant hate-monger and rapist? If the answer is no then condemn those who have raped #Asifa. Show your nationalism by protesting against those who use religion as a pretext to justify crime.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) April 12, 2018
Actor Radeep Hooda tweets :
Don’t know who to say what to.. don’t know if making a statement on social media is in anyway a contribution to retribution.. it has happened before .. it has happened again .. how will it stop ?? Extreme Examples have to be made .. #JusticeforAsifa #Kathua #Unnao pic.twitter.com/bFOoTWxfcI
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) April 12, 2018
Is this nationalism? Mehta wrote alongside the link. Sonam Kapoor also shared the same article and called out fake nationals and fake Hindus in her tweet.
Swara Bhaskar Tweeted:
An 8 year old girl was gangraped & murdered in a temple because she belonged to a Muslim tribe that Hindu right wing goons wanted evicted from their area! #Kathua #India this is on us!!!! If in #Delhi pls join TODAY #JusticeforAsifa pic.twitter.com/D8GTf3gYMl
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) April 12, 2018
Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar pleaded the case of an eight-year-old who was subjected to unspeakable brutalities. Actors Ranvir Shorey and Richa Chadha attacked the people who defended the accused in the name of religion. Former Indian player Gautam Gambhir, Mohammad Kaif also tweets.
Indian consciousness was raped in Unnao and then in Kathua. It’s now being murdered in corridors of our stinking systems. Come on ‘Mr System’, show us if you have the balls to punish the perpetrators, I challenge you. #KathuaMurderCase #UnnaoRapeCase
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 12, 2018
Heart- wrenching knowing about what they did to an 8 year old. They are not humans. An 8 year old kid has had to bear the brunt of the system. Every human being would want #JusticeforAsifa and this justice should not be delayed. pic.twitter.com/LDa1dEfxct
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 12, 2018
Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8 yr old as she is drugged, held captive, gang raped over days and then murdered. If you don’t feel her terror, you are not human. If you don’t demand Asifa get justice, you belong to nothing (sic) Farhan tweeted.
Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8 yr old as she is drugged, held captive, gang raped over days and then murdered.
If you don’t feel her terror, you are not human.
If you don’t demand Asifa get justice, you belong to nothing.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 12, 2018
Swara wrote, An 8 year old girl was gangraped & murdered in a temple because she belonged to a Muslim tribe that Hindu right wing goons wanted evicted from their area! #Kathua #India this is on us!!!! If in #Delhi pls join TODAY #JusticeforAsifa (sic).
Actor-comic Vir Das asked the people to set aside political differences and unite to fight the perpetrators of the crime.
I can’t breathe after reading this. I need to share it. And so do you. Please do. Justice for Asifa. Dear politicians, I’d like to see every one of you miserable scum and your army of slimy sycophants put your parties and your bullsh*t aside and do something to make sure that no child ever has to face what this girl did. But you won’t. Because you don’t deserve this country, he tweeted.
Riteish Deshmukh wrote, A 8-year-old is drugged, raped & murdered and another one is fighting for justice for herself and the death of her father in custody. We have a choice either raise your voice or be a silent spectator. Stand up for what is right even if you are standing alone.’ #Kathua #Unnao
Filmmaker Shirish Kunder shared a news article and wrote, Please read this. If your blood boils, please share it. Because at a time when there’s a section of people supporting these monsters, it’ll mean some humanity is still alive.
Tisca Chopra also tweeted, So pained to read about #Unnao & #Kathua rapes.. how strongly the government responds will be its true test @PMOIndia… At least I won’t vote for them coming elections if they don’t take action this time.
Actor Rahul Bose called the incidents gut wrenching. Unimaginable depravity that is disturbing on so many levels. Our response will decide what we have become as a society, Bose added.