Soon after it was declared that the victim of the brutal gangrape in Delhi had passed away, the country erupted in protest. The film industry also held a silent protest march in Mumbai on Saturday evening and the fraternity turned up in big numbers.
The protest march from from Juhu beach to Kaifi Azmi park, was led by the late poet’s daughter, actor and social activist Shabana Azmi. “The brave girl has lost her life but has awakened the country,” Azmi said. Various Bollywood celebrities took to the streets to show their support to the deceased victim and her family.
Celebrities like Ranveer Singh, Alka Yagnik, Lalit Pandit, Jaya Bachchan, Javed Akhtar, Hema Malini, Om Puri, Deepika Padukone, Kunal Kapoor and Sonu Niigam were among those present.
Jaya Bachchan broke down while expressing her condolences and said that she understood the family’s pain. “There are many girls in my family. I feel scared when I think of what the 23-year-old had to go through. Whatever we did was very late. We should collectively apologise to the family and to all women who have gone through such an ordeal,” she said.
Singer Sonu Niigam, who used to live in the Capital, said: “I have stayed in Delhi. The boys are hungry there and they look at women as if they are restaurants,” he said.