Bollywood has taken up the fight for murdered Mumbai boys Keenan Santos, 24, and Reuben Fernandez, 29, and is urging people to sign a zero tolerance petition asking the government to make offences covered by the IPC’s sections 354 (assault on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (criminal intimidation) non-bailable.
On Sunday, over a hundred people marched to the spot where the two young boys were killed, and handed petitions to bystanders for their signatures. Around 25,000 people have signed the petition so far.
Santos and Fernandez were attacked with knives and swords by a group of 13 people when they protested against the harassment of their female friends.
Filmmaker Farhan Akhtar tweeted, “I hope the courts act swiftly to convict the murderers of Keenan & Reuben ... SIGN A PETITION FOR ZERO TOLERANCE - Sign the Petition.”
Actor Sandhya Mridul tweeted, “Signed..Everybody SIGN Now’”.
Expressing outrage over the incident, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt tweeted, ‘Spoke to the Home Minister of Maharashtra. He has assured Keenan & Reuben’s family that the judicial process will be fast tracked.’
Music composer Vishal Dadlani, too, tweeted, "Has the outrage against the Keenan/Reuben murders started to subside? Don't forget, Mumbai! For your own sake, stand up and make a change!"