Several Bollywood celebrities, including Rajkummar Rao, Twinkle Khanna and Kalki Koechlin, joined a protest to demand justice for the victims in the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, which have caused nation-wide outrage. The protest, held here last evening, saw hundreds of people gathered at Carter Road holding placards with messages such as ‘Don’t let this movement fade away’. Veteran actor Helen, who was present at the protest, told reporters, “I’m ashamed, I’m sad. I have no words to tell you… It’s horrifying. What will be the punishment? “After a few days, they will make you forget about it. What can we do? The higher authorities should come forward.”
The protest was joined by other Bollywood personalities such as actors Aditi Rao Hydari, Patralekhaa, Sameera Reddy, singers Sona Mohapatra, Anushka Manchanda and music composer Vishal Dadlani, among others. Actor Priyanka Chopra, who is currently in Ireland, had shared the invite for the protest on Twitter and appealed to people to attend it. “If you can make it, please do. We all agree that armchair activism isn’t enough. There is strength in numbers and in unity,” she tweeted. Vishal feels rapists should be given the harshest punishment and said it was extremely sad that some people came in support of the perpetrators of such a heinous crime.
Tweets and posts by Bollywood celebs:
If you can make it, please do. We all agree that armchair activism isn’t enough… There is strength in numbers and in unity… #Unnao #Kathua #JusticeForAsifa pic.twitter.com/SYpUhPqPuH
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 14, 2018
Be clear about one thing- Little Asifa is NOT a ‘Hindu Muslim’ issue…It’s a ‘Humanity’ issue. PERIOD. Those trying 2 incite a religious divide thru it are evil & opportunistic exploiters of the highest order.
Asifa was India’s daughter & THAT’S what matters! #JusticeforAsifa pic.twitter.com/BAU7uhU8JU
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) April 15, 2018
At the protest yesterday this banner struck a chord “Beti Bachao was not a slogan, it was a warning”.. #JusticeForAsifa
— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) April 16, 2018