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.
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.
I have immense faith in @myogiadityanath ji, just how Priyanka Reddy rapists were shot dead on the very spot they raped and burnt her alive we want the same emotional, instinctive and impulsive justice for #HathrasHorror #HathrasHorrorShocksIndia
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 30, 2020
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.”
We forgot the Hathras victim. We failed her at every level. This is on our collective conscience.
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) September 29, 2020
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.
Angry & Frustrated!Such brutality in #Hathras gangrape.When will this stop?Our laws & their enforcement must be so strict that the mere thought of punishment makes rapists shudder with fear!Hang the culprits.Raise ur voice to safeguard daughters & sisters-its the least we can do
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 29, 2020
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.”
#Hathras will forever remain a blemish on the fabric of this nation. Shame on all those who shield people who commit such crimes and all those who cover it up. To deny an already broken & grieving family their daughters last rites is barbaric. Humanity is dead.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 30, 2020
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.)
निंदा नहीं चाहिए बेटियाँ ज़िंदा चाहिए 🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Dadi Chandro Tomar (@realshooterdadi) September 30, 2020
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.
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.
It’s time. @myogiadityanath should RESIGN. Under him utter breakdown of law & order in UP. His policies have created caste strife, fake encounters, gang wars & there is a RAPE EPIDEMIC in Uttar Pradesh. #Hathras case is only one example. #YogiMustResign #PresidentRuleInUP
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) September 29, 2020
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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.”
“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.
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 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.