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Celebrities Condemn Hathras Gangrape, Demand Justice For The Deceased Woman

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Indian celebrities have taken to social media, to express shock and anguish over the gangrape and death of a Dalit woman in Hathras. The 19-year-old woman was reportedly gangraped by four upper-caste men. She died while undergoing treatment in New Delhi. On Tuesday night her body was “forcibly” cremated in Hathras. The incident has led to a wide social media outrage. Many celebrities have also shared posts, condemning the incident and demanding justice for the woman.

Kangana Ranaut

Ranaut took to Twitter to demand “emotional”, “instinctive” and “impulsive” justice for the Dalit woman. She cited the example of the November 2019 gangrape and murder of a 26-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad, that sparked outrage across India. The doctor’s charred body was discovered after she was reported as missing, while the post-mortem reports confirmed rape. The accused in the case were shot dead in an alleged encounter with the police.

Dia Mirza

Mirza in her tweet urged everyone to remember the atrocities of the Hathras incident as that would fail us as a country. The actor’s tweet said, “We forgot the Hathras victim. We failed her at every level. This is on our collective conscience.”

Akshay Kumar

Actor Akshay Kumar worte that Indian laws and their enforcement needs to be so strict that the mere thought of punishment makes “rapists shudder with fear”. Demanding justice for the deceased Dalit woman, he wrote “Hang the culprits” in his tweet.

Farhan Akhtar

Akhtar called the Hathras gangrape “a blemish on the fabric of this nation”. He also condemned the news  that the woman’s family was denied her last rites. In a seperate tweet, Akhtar wrote, “Sad sad day. How much longer can this be allowed to go on.”

Dadi Chandro Tomar

Veteran pistol shooter Dadi Chandro Tomar also took to Twitter to appeal for a country where ‘daughters can live’.  She said, “निंदा नहीं चाहिए बेटियाँ ज़िंदा चाहिए”. (We don’t need condemnation, we need our daughters alive.)

Yuvraj Singh

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh also tweeted about the incident, writing how “once again India’s daughters suffer terribly.” He appealed for strict action to be taken against the accused, adding that he stood by the 19-year-old’s family. “Once again India’s daughter suffers terribly. At a loss of words to express my anger & sorrow about the #Hathras incident. I stand with the family who lost their loved one to this heinous crime. Strict action must be taken against this inhuman behaviour,” wrote Singh.

Also Read: Another Hathras: Young Dalit Woman Drugged And Gangraped In Uttar Pradesh, Dies

Swara Bhasker

The actor wrote on Twitter demanding resignation of Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath as under him there has been an “utter breakdown of law & order” and a “rape epidemic” in UP.

Preity G Zinta

Zinta tweeted that the accused should be treated the same way as “they treated that poor girl”. She wrote in her tweet, “The #Hathras perpetrators should be treated the same way they treated that poor girl. These demons cannot be treated like humans. Justice delayed is justice denied. My heart goes out to her family. Imagine their pain ? No goodbye, No closure Broken heartBroken heart #RIP #HathrasHorrorShocksIndia.”

Also Read: Hathras Gang Rape Was Not The First. There Is A List Of Heinous Crimes Against Dalit Women

Virat Kohli

“What happened in #Hathras is inhumane and goes beyond cruelty. Hope the culprits of this heinous crime will be brought to justice,” tweeted cricketer Virat Kohli.

Priyanka Chopra

Chopra shared and Instagram story from her official handle, condemning the “inhuman” and “barbaric” crime Her story read, “The disrespect and abuse, The frustration and anger, The sadness and helplessness, These emotions replay on loop. All they cry out is inhuman, barbaric Why? Again and again and again… Always the women Always the young girls Rape after rape after rape… We cry, they cry and yet, no one hears the screams. Why the hate? Are the parents raising boys listening? Is the law mute to the screams? How many more Nirbhayas? How many more years? #Hathras (sic).”

Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma wrote in an Instagram story, “Barely any time has passed and we are hearing of another brutal rape!?! In which world do such monsters think they can do this to a young life. This is beyond comprehension, so distressing! Is there any fear in the minds of such men? How do we as a society put fear in them and protect our women? #NoMercyForRapists #Balrampur.”

Shikha Chandra is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.