The shocking rape and murder of the 8-year-old girl in Kashmir has hit home with several members of the Hindi film industry.
Sonam Kapoor, Richa Chadha, Farhan Akhtar demand justice for Ashifa
Mumbai - 12 Apr 2018 13:11 IST
Even as the industry is struggling to come to terms with allegations of sexual abuse and discrimination, the country has been hit with two cases of rape so grotesque it defies description. Of these, it is the case of the rape and murder of an 8 year old girl in Kathua, Jammu, that has hit hardest among several members of the film industry.
Comedian and actor Vir Das took to Twitter to launch a vitriolic attack against the perpetrators of the crime, and any who stepped up in their defense.
Sharing a report of the incident, Das addressed politicians across the country, "I'd like to see every one of you miserable scum [sic] and your army of slimy sycophants put your parties and your bullshit 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."
Dear politicians,— Vir Das (@thevirdas) April 12, 2018
I'd like to see every one of you miserable scum and your army of slimy sycophants put your parties and your bullshit 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.
To every 'religious' person in India who worships politicians instead of principles and does this bullshit or defends it in the name of religion. You have NO God. And you're going to hell.— Vir Das (@thevirdas) April 12, 2018
The incident in Jammu is shocking not just for the age of the victim, but for the brazen attempts by right wing groups to defend the perpetrators. A group of advocates had called a city wide shutdown after news of a chargesheet being filed against the accused broke.
Actor-director Farhan Akhtar was another who could not digest this news. "If you don’t feel her terror, you are not human. If you don’t demand Ashifa get justice, you belong to nothing," he wrote.
Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8 yr old as she is drugged, held captive, gang raped over days and then murdered.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 12, 2018
If you don’t feel her terror, you are not human.
If you don’t demand Asifa get justice, you belong to nothing.
Not surprisingly, Richa Chadha lambasted the authorities for not stepping up and doing their duty. The actress did not hold back pointing at the hypocrisy of a country that worships goddesses while allowing such crimes against women to keep repeating.
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 ppl #HinduHaters why r these #FakeHindus not unemployed?RT A MILLION TIMES https://t.co/KlToUDA4aV— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) April 12, 2018
Actress Sonam Kapoor also tweeted out a story from the daily, New York Times, saying she was "ashamed and apalled" at it.
Ashamed appalled and disgusted by fake nationals and fake Hindus. I cannot believe this is happening in my country. https://t.co/V8tKoo6viX— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) April 12, 2018
Producer Atul Kasbekar also took to Twitter to gather support for the cause.
Attention famous people wt blue ticks.— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) April 12, 2018
Pls look at the face of this 8 yr old angel.
She was kidnapped, drugged, tortured, gangraped for days n murdered.
It is time to use ur clout to say something that pressures justice is swift, sure n as brutal as what this girl went thru pic.twitter.com/lvOiVqoX3D
Actress Renuka Shahane, known for standing up to Twitter miscreants, was seething with her tweet.
The religion of the victim and the religion of the rapist should never matter! It is of no consequence! Rape is a crime against humanity!!! Appalled that some people can actually support rapists! ð¡ Shocked beyond belief!— Renuka Shahane (@renukash) April 12, 2018
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Riteish Deshmukh was another father who could not stomach the incident, and took to Twitter to express his anger.
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.— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) April 12, 2018
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
Among others who took to Twitter were Swara Bhasker, Abhishek Bachchan and Javed Akhtar, both condemned the incident and asked people to join the clamor for justice.
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
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