Bollywood celebrities recently joined the outrage to protest and demand justice for 8-years-old raped in Kathua, Jammu. Under “#justiceforourchild,” many celebrities showed their support by posting their pictures with a placard with these words written:
Here are some of the posts by the celebrities:
I am Hindustan. I am Ashamed. #JusticeForOurChild #JusticeForAasifa
8 years old. Gangraped. Murdered.
In ‘Devi’-sthaan temple. #Kathua and lest we forget #unnao Shame on us! #BreakTheSilence #EndTheComplicity #ActNow pic.twitter.com/O8rABOrZq9Advertisement
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) April 13, 2018
— Shruti Seth (@SethShruti) April 13, 2018
Don’t let this matter be pushed aside by the news-cycle driven media. Raise your voice, put up your own pictures and tag me. pic.twitter.com/hf5oj3uyBJ
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) April 13, 2018
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) April 13, 2018
The Netizens were, however, not very happy with this protest. They condemned it as an effort to politicize a heinous crime. Also, they accused the celebrities of showing their ‘selective outrage.’ In Unnao, Uttar Pradesh another teenage girl accused ruling BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her. The users pointed out that there is no mention of justice for her in any posts from the celebrities. Here are some reactions:
U idiot 😡😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/Vk5ZRoZ2Na
— avinash shukla (@avinash7388) April 17, 2018
Why such heavy makeup to hold a placard ?
Oh wait..this is a way to get some spotlight. Ok .
— #IndiaFirst (@savitha_rao) April 14, 2018
Sir. You advocate that let’s make it about religion. I agree. How come you don’t have India here and Hindustan? Has there been other places where you refer to India as Hindustan? I bet not. Therein lies the problem. Selective defilement and vilification and credibility dwindles.
— Tai (@taichisri) April 18, 2018
– 11-yr-old raped in Surat, Gujarat
– confined for 10 days,
– stick was inserted in her private parts
– dead body has 86 injury marks
Bollywood: We are waiting to know her religion and her rapist’s religion, so that we can decide whether to be ashamed or not.
— praveen sapkal (@praveensapkal) April 15, 2018
Is it the first child rape in the country?
Where over 20,000 child rapes r reported annually,you zero down only on this incident to draw political mileage!
95% child rapists r close to victim’s family,but why would you care about them as there’s no BJP connection there?#Asifa
— Shonali Sinha Naik (@ShonaliNaik) April 13, 2018
Why don’t you stand with a poster saying you ashamed to be in bollywood as @BeingSalmanKhan is still roaming free? Shouldn’t all criminals be punished? Why are only Rapists associated with one religion should be punished? Why not other rapists? Other girls don’t deserve justice?
— GameOfPolitics (@kalpesh03) April 15, 2018
@SethShruti Will you hold this placard for the Horrific killing of a four-year-old girl payal and dismembering her body in Bhiwandi by Abed Sheikh. #JusticeForAllGirl #BollywoodCelebsDrama #HangtheRapist
— Kalki S. 🇮🇳 (@Indian_BatGirl) April 16, 2018
You should be ashamed. No placard for hundreds of other rapes. No questioning where these rapes happen. No tears for 6 year old girl raped & killed in Assam. You should be ashamed. For selective outrage. And too much makeup.
— Poroma (@PoromaMunshi) April 14, 2018
Following that, Indian actress Payal Rohatgi shared a tweet saying that highlighting the word “Temple” in the placards is idiotic as it’s just the place of crime, same as the empty bus during “Nirbhaya” rape case in Delhi. She posted:
Actresses highlighting #Temple In a #Rape case need to understand that it is a mere LOCATION just like a #EmptyBus which was driving on A stranded road. How idiotic are they all 🤔😐 Rape doesnt happen on #Busystreets it happens in #secludedareas.
— PAAYAL ROHATGI & TEAM (@Payal_Rohatgi) April 13, 2018
She further expressed her anguish over the communal division surrounding the case. Here’s what she posted:
Does the #ProtestMarch against #RapeofAsifa which highlights communalism means that if U A #Muslimgirl & U raped in India, U might get justice (DELAYED) but if u a #Hindugirl and U get raped in India, noone will protest 4 U to get justice 🤔 #idiotic
— PAAYAL ROHATGI & TEAM (@Payal_Rohatgi) April 18, 2018
Then she tweeted stating that she is a proud Hindu and not ashamed of her religion. Furthermore, she highlighted the fact that she is no ‘sheep’ and uses her brains when protesting against the horrifying crimes rather than following the trend. Here’s her tweet:
I am a proud #Hindu. I am NOT ashamed to love my religion. I respect other religions but I am proud of my religious beliefs. I don’t belong to any particular industry. I belong to MYSELF & my abilities to better as an Actor/Performer. I am NO sheep. I am Humanbeing with a brain. pic.twitter.com/rAKSOVf0QC
— PAAYAL ROHATGI & TEAM (@Payal_Rohatgi) April 19, 2018
This tweet from her attracted supportive comments from the Twitterati. They praised her for taking a stand and expressed their ‘pride’ for her. Read the comments here:
हमे गर्व है आप पर बहना। @Payal_Rohatgi 🙅😊🙏
वरना बॉलीवुड मे कही तथाकथित हिन्दू अभिनेत्रियों ने तो अपनी औकात बताकर हिन्दू धर्म को बदनाम करने का कॉन्ट्रैक्ट ले लिया है, उन्हे शादीशुदा मुस्लिम से शादी करना गर्व और हिन्दू होना शर्म महसूस करवाता है।
प्राउड ऑफ यू।🙅🙅🙏
— कुनाल गुर्जर 🇮🇳 (@kunalgurjarr) April 19, 2018
Maam it is very refreshing to see someone so honest like you not a hypocrite abusing the very majority community that makes Bollywood so special and successful. I am overwhelmed by your maturity and understanding on such issues compared to the other actresses. Kudos.
— #CongressMuktBharat (@CongressDahan) April 19, 2018
We All Proud Of You ✌❤ this is the Right Way to Protest !!! thanks for not Following @ReallySwara ‘s Biased Agenda/Propoganda to defame Hinduism
— Chintan Shroff (@chtnshr) April 19, 2018
Beauty with brains 💓
Wish the Bollywood ‘bimbos’ could learn from Payal!
— Jayeshwara (@jayeshwara) April 19, 2018
A very intelligent and balanced mind.Proud of you.
Those who have taken play cards first introspect their deeds.They project female as commodity which can be bought and this projection encourages the sick mind to grab the body if they cannot buy it.
— Kiran Prakash gupta (@KiranPrakashg20) April 21, 2018
She also posted a video on social media site Instagram about how bringing communal angle in the Kathua rape case is making the main issue stray away. Watch the video here:
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