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Celebs horrified over Mumbai gangrape

Sweta Kaushal, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, August 23, 2013
First Published: 15:31 IST(23/8/2013) | Last Updated: 17:33 IST(23/8/2013)

 The heinous gangrape of photojournalist in Mumbai has shaken the country once again.

Out on an assignment, the 22-year-old photojournalist was gangraped by five men, who badly beat up and tied up her male colleague in a deserted south-central Mumbai factory on Thursday evening. The crime happened at around 8pm on Thursday near Shakti Mills in Lower Parel when the journalists were doing a story on 'chawls' (old residential buildings). 

Disturbed with the episode, Bollywood and TV actors pour out their disgust.

Actor Rajev Paul told Hindustantimes.com, "Its sad and shameful that in a city like Mumbai these things have happened in the past and may continue in the future. (The) reasons are simple. What is the crime rate in Mumbai or Maharashtra compared to UP and Bihar? What's the rate of conviction?

The angry actor further said, "Mumbai Police is awesome in cracking cases - one of the best - But how many of the criminals caught are actually punished for the crimes committed? It is not even 10%, if I remember correctly. Obviously, the criminals believe that they can get away with murder, literally..! How many Rapists have been ever punished? How many murderers are actually hanged? The day the rapists are hanged or punished, then this crime will stop. Else we can have debates and preventions, but it won't fetch results." 

Talking to Hindustantimes.com, TV actor Gaurav Chopra said, "We should avoid making such incidents city-centric or deviate in any other way from the problem. If we can manage to catch the criminals and punish them quickly and adequetly, we have set a precedent that helps preventing such incidents."

Actor-producer Farhan Akhtar wrote on Twitter, "Farhan Akhtar : Dear CM, Home min state, Police Comm & sluggish judiciary... Wish u all were everyday women so you'd truly realise the fear they must feel...Cannot understand if everybody seems to have known this compound is where drug dealers & addicts hung out, why nothing was done earlier??"


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Veteran actor Anupam Kher is equally miffed with the rising crimes. He tweeted, "There is NO fear of Law. Rape cases go on for years. Nobody is Hanged for Rape. Politicians are interested in Power. NOT Welfare of People."

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar wrote on Twitter, "Stunned and saddened to hear about the horrific gangrape in our city. This is NOT the Mumbai we know it to be. A moment of absolute shame."

Actor Manoj Bajpayee tweeted, "Mumbai is shamed by the incident of gangrape last night.we all hang our head in shame that we can not give a safeworldtowomen."


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Nargis Fakhri tweeted, " I know it's my big day 2 day but I'm disgusted at the news reports of another gang rape here in Mumbai. This is becoming a sickness! Wtf!"

Singer Sunidhi Chauhan tweeted, "No! India is not safe anymore! I thought wrong!"

Film producer Ritesh Sidhwani unleashed his anger on Twitter writing, "Gang rape in lower parel. Looking at what we have come to its time we start punishing these perverts publicly....Stone them castrate them jail them for life. We need to create a stronger deterrent or this will not stop"

Actor Sana Khan tweeted, "Its becoming common in india day by day... What did they mean by fast-track courts???  #MumbaiGangRape #Shame"

Actor Gul Panag wrote, "And stronger laws are not the answer.   Implementation( procedural/judicial)is the issue.Time bound disposal of cases needs to be the norm." 

Celina Jaitly blames the l;egal system: "Our legal system is so weak, RAPE PUNISHMENT does not even qualify as punishment & the time taken to conviction is a JOKE !!"

Actor Sherlyn Chopra wrote, "Just heard bout d gang rape in Old Mahalaxmi Mill in Mumbai.D only way 2 cleanse r society is 2 deal with anti-social elements with severity."

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