Union Minister General (Retd) V K Singh Thursday expressed distress at the gang-rape and murder of 8-year-old girl Asifa Bano while B-Town celebrities and sports stars also reacted in anger saying they are ‘angry, heartbroken’ and shamed those who defend culprits in the name of religion’
In a tweet, Singh said, “We as humans have failed the eight-year-old girl, but she will not be denied justice.”
The Bollywood celebrities also reacted to the rape and murder of minor girl and slammed those, who are using religion to defend the culprits.
Producer and Director Karan Johar tweeted, “Inhuman! Appalling ! Justice has to has to be served! #Asifa.”
Actor Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Yet again we’ve failed as a society. Can’t think straight as more chilling details on little Asifa’s case emerge. Her innocent face refuses to leave me. Justice must be served, hard and fast!”
Abhishek Bachchan shared Asifa’s picture and hashtagged her name.
Sonam Kapoor tweeted, “Ashamed appalled and disgusted by fake nationals and fake Hindus. I cannot believe this is happening in my country”.
She also shared article of New York Times that detailed how Asifa’s rape and murder led to protests by Hindu rightwing who defended the accused in the case.
Noted writer and lyricist, Javed Akhtar tweeted, “All those who wish justice for women should stand up and raise their voices against the rapists and their protectors in Unnao and Kathua.”
Actor Richa Chadha hit out at people, who defended the accused in the name of religion.
“These men fast on Navratras and pray to Devi Ma, yet they defend a man who plotted the rape, torture and murder of a child inside a temple. Look at them, Shame them. If a stray news report can make credible people. Hindu haters why are these fake Hindus not unemployed,” she tweeted.
Actor Farhan Akhtar 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 (sic)”.
Director Hansal Mehta retweeted The New York Times piece and said “Is this nationalism?”.
Actor Vir Das said people should 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.
Actor Riteish Deshmukh wrote on twitter, “A 8-year-old is drugged, raped and 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”.
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,” he tweeted.
“Is this really the kind of country we want to be known as to the world today?? If we can’t stand up now for this 8 year old girl regardless of our gender, caste, colour or religion then we don’t stand for anything in this world… not even humanity… makes me sick to the stomach,” tweeted Tennis star Sania Mirza.
Cricketer Virender Sehwag tweeted, “Heartbroken and at loss of words at the horror 8 year old Asifa had to endure. It’s a murder of humanity. Justice must be delivered.”
Actress and talk show hostess, Simi Garewal tweeted, “where is God. There is no species ever created on this planet that is as cruel, as monstrous and as evil as the rapists of #Asifa. And there is no punishment commensurate to their crime. An innocent 8 year old girl? I can only ask ‘Where is God?”.
Filmmaker Rakesh Sharma in his long tweet said, “Is Asifa not India’s daughter?
“A child brutally raped inside a temple. Killed. To terrorise nomadic Muslims into leaving. Crime driven by religious hatred. Yet, MLAs, local lawyers and Hindutva brigade try to prevent even filing of complaint & publicly support rapists! Chilling,” he said.
The reaction from the union minister and Bollywood stars came a day after the Jammu bandh called by Jammu Bar Association to defend the accused and demand transfer of case from Crime Branch to Central Bureau of Investigation.