Mumbai : Bollywood stars such as Farhan Akhtar, Anupam Kher, Twinkle Khanna,Rishi Kapoor and Raveena Tandon, among others have praised the court’s judgement against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
CBI judge Jagdeep Singh held the 50-year-old self-styled godman, guilty of rape in a case that was registered on the basis of an anonymous written complaint in 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers.
Violence broke out in Punjab and Haryana post the verdict, which claimed 30 lives and left 250 injured.
Raveena wrote, “The way the followers are reacting, rioting, itself proves what the cult was all about… Saddened to see such shameful goons on the loose.”
Film Maker,actor and singer Farhan Khan tweeted –
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 25, 2017
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta said, “Thanks to our judiciary democracy lives on. #Pride.”
Actor Anupam Kher tweeted –
Violence is what #GurmeetRamRahimSingh seems to have taught his followers. This is nonsense & Govt. needs to use full force to STOP it NOW.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) August 25, 2017
Stand-up comedian-actor Vir Das posted, “I hope he stays in jail long enough to see every one of his nut job followers lose enthusiasm, go back to life, and forget about him.
Actor Rishi Kapoor also took on to tweeter –
Frauds.Blind faith in con people.Government must punish these fraudsters.Sukhwinder Kaur(Radhema)Gurmeet,Asaram,Nityananda.All Criminals! pic.twitter.com/1Sm2gqagBq
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) August 25, 2017
“The nation has to address the fact that we are addicted to blind servitude and worship. Gurus, politicians, will always use it against us.”
Music composer Salim Merchant tweeted, “I’m sure the ‘Guru’ taught the importance of peace in this world. Reports from Punjab and Haryana are devastating. #RamRahimVerdict”
Anubhav Sinha said he was surprised by the violence against the “arrest of a convicted rapist”.
Actress Twinkle Khanna tweeted –
Our fault Babas exist as we turn towards them like silly sunflowers looking for the sun,forgetting that a halo is just a trick of the light!
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) August 26, 2017
“Hundreds of thousands of us so violently protest against the arrest of a convicted rapist. Is this who we are?” he wrote.
Actor Amyra Dastur tweeted, “A big win for the people, especially the daughters of India #RamRahimVerdict.
“But can’t believe the poor measures that have been taken to prevent such a horrific mob outburst from happening!”
VJ-actor Rannvijay Singha, who hails from Punjab, said, “Punjab and Haryana High Court orders attachment of entire property of #DeraSachaSauda to compensate for the damage.
But what about the lives lost?”
Actor Bhumi Pednekar tweeted, “I hope my friends and family are all safe in Chandigarh. It’s a very sad state of affairs. Be safe.”