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Delhi gangrape case: ethics be damned for media, says Amitabh Bachchan

As the Delhi gangrape victim was moved out of India for better treatment on Wednesday night, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan slammed media for neglecting human interest in the race of BREAKING NEWS...

bollywood Updated: Dec 27, 2012 15:25 IST

As the Delhi gangrape victim was moved out of India for better treatment on Wednesday night, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan slammed media for neglecting human interest in the race of BREAKING NEWS.

Commenting on the media covergae of the Delhi gangrape victim, Amitabh Bachchan wrote on Facebook, "Lot of debate and discussion and comment on the media coverage of patient DelhiGangRape, being shifted in ambulance to another location ... patient privacy is an important element in the Constitutional Journals of Medical Ethics ..Couple of years ago when I was in an emergency and taken to Hospital, media had blocked the ambulance door to such an extent that it took my family and the doctors 20 minutes to open the door to get me out, while I suffered in pain inside, impatient to get immediate medical attention ..

On another occasion, after a surgery, a journalist dressed herself in doctor's gear and walked into the ICU where I was and then immediately went out and started live reporting on my condition, saying she had just met me ... Ethics be damned !!"

Amitabh Bachchan

A 23 year old student was brutally gangraped by six men on the night of December 16, in the national capital in a bus. The incident evoked wide-spread outrage and protests. All the accused have been arrested in the case. The victim is currently undergoing treatment for her injuries in Singapore. Meanwhile, protests against the incident turned violent on India Gate and a Delhi Polcie constable succumbed to the inuries received while trying to pacify the protesters.

This is not the first time Big B has criticised media for its race for coverage. On December 24, Amitabh Bachchan posted on his Facebook page, "Think about this ... that as protesters express anguish and anger in their peaceful march for a most just cause, a team of technicians sits on editing machines in the august offices of tv channels, editing preparing and choosing the right background music to attach to the horrific visuals, in order to make their broadcast dynamic and presentable !!!"

The recent gangrape in the national capital has triggered wide-spread protests. Other Bollywood actors have also reacted sharply to the incident

Nobody has the right to rape me, says Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka ChopraBollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, who was in Delhi on December 25, has spoken strongly about the brutal gangrape in Delhi that has shamed the country. Addressing the media at an event, where she was to launch a website to aid adolescent girls, Priyanka Chopra asked for the strictest punishment for the offenders while urging girls to learn to protect themselves. "It’s a heinous crime. Culprits should be given stringent punishment. As an Indian I feel ashamed of it. I’m in full support of peaceful protests and I think this will make a difference. It’s time for all of us to come together and make a change and not just forget about it in a few days," she said. FULL COVERAGE

Amitabh Bachchan donates Rs 2.5 lakh cash award to Delhi Police constable
Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan, who was honoured with a cash prize of Rs 2.5 lakh in community leadership by the South Indian Education Society (SIES) on Tuesday, decided to donate it to Delhi police constable Subash Chand Tomar who died after succumbing to his injuries during the anti-gangrape protest at India Gate in New Delhi on Sunday. He expressed disappointment over the incident and hoped the government would change its laws to punish culprits who commit crimes against women. "I hope that she recovers. I hope the system changes its laws to punish such terrible culprits who indulge in violence against women," he said. FULL STORY

Today has been a disturbing day: Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan earlier said in his blog that he was disturbed with the turn of events during protest against the Delhi gangrape case at India Gate. Several people gathered at India Gate to show their solidarity with the gangrape victim and demand justice for her. However, police resorted to violent ways in reaction to the peaceful protests.

Amitabh Bachchan posted: "An entire day has been spent in the hearts of those that protest on the streets of Delhi, in particular seeking justice for the gang rape victim, that fights for her life in a hospital in the Capital. But today has been a disturbing day. Watching the violence and strong tactics being deployed to disrupt this peaceful protest, is horrific. Tear gas bombing, cold water canons being sprayed in the winter of Delhi, is cruel to these young and determined students that have dared to vent their true feelings against the system, for the protection of young girls that have become frequent victims of rape. There is anger and pent up feelings. There is a demand for protection on the streets. There is a fervent and continuous cry for justice and a quick and definitive punishment to the perpetrators of such crimes. FULL STORY

Bollywood shows anger, tweets post rape case
Mallika Sherawat:
After the Delhi rape case, Bollywood showed it's anger on Twitter. Here's what they had to say... Mallika Sherawat: Delhi Gang Rape is Shameful and protests met wt tear gas!! It's heartbreaking.
Vivek Oberoi: An old woman trying to save her kids from police lathi at India gate today shocked, appalled, angry! Is this democracy?
Kabir Bedi: Uprising of new generation India has achieved a mega victory. Now every police station in India knows rape can't be belittled. Government's closure of metro stations and bridges into Delhi, to prevent protesters assembling, is totally undemocratic.
Shirish Kunder: The rapist got angry because the girl protested. The police got angry because the people protested. So where really is the difference?
Lisa Ray: Change is yours if you want it. Youthpower Delhigangrape.
Mandira Bedi: It's a matter of pride that the youth have taken this stand and have let it take on such momentum. This protest will not let up easily. As it shouldn't.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: Lets vote carefully next time, not for a party, not for a caste, not for a religion, not for greed, and certainly not in fear.
Madhur Bhandarkar: What is this democracy I'm living in? Can't protest online (Sec. 66A). Can't protest offline (Sec. 144).
Mika Singh: Proud of my delhi & all delhi youths who r really fighting 4 justice!God bless U Govt is wasting their time in making a right decision!
Farhan Akhtar: Men. Change your mindset. Change your fathers mindset. Change your sons mindset. The collective change will create a healthier society.
Vishal Dadlani: At election-time, DON'T forget how BOTH the Congress and BJP have screwed India over! Shut these dhandewalas down! WE NEED REAL LEADERS!!
Shah Rukh Khan: ....very soon...when this inhuman crime reaches our homes and families....ITS US becos we make that collective & if we dont punish the rapists then rightfully we will be punished..soon........We cannot blame a ghastly act as the collective deterioration of the world we live in. It is not an external condition. ITS US! READ ON

Shah Rukh Khan

Bollywood demands strict punishment in Delhi gangrape case
Bollywood celebrities like Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Preity Zinta have demanded strict punishment for those involved in the gangrape of a 23-year-old student. "The first thought which comes to the mind is - such people should be killed - but there are too many things which we have to follow. It is a shame that such a thing has happened, how can somebody commit such a heinous crime. "If not death they should be sentenced for life so that they learn a lesson. Rapists are beaten up in jails also," Salman said. FULL STORY