The brutal gang-rape of a young photojournalist in Mumbai has created outrage on social media.
Shock and anger poured in as people criticised the comparison between Mumbai and Delhi and condemned the lack of action after such incidents.
Rachna Gupta said on Facebook, "Everytime a rape takes place in a city, all we do is ask the same old question: is this place safe for women? Why don't we ask tough questions, questions that raise real issues."
Another Facebook status read: "22-year-old woman is gangraped in the heart of South Mumbai's corporate hub. There is always noise made after such incidents but no action is taken. What are we waiting for?"
On a different note, while expressing regret over the incident, Facebook user Gaurav Nilay questioned the public outcry over it, sticking to the cliche, "What was she doing there and why?"
However, leading the flock of enraged commentators on the web were the Twitterati.
Not surprisingly, many from the Bollywood took to social media to express their anguish.
From Farhan Akhtar and Anupam Kher to Celina Jaitley and Nargis Fakhri, Bollywood came out in full force to highlight the gangrape.
There has to be harsher punishment for rape & a fixed time limit within which cases must reach a verdict in court. Wake up system!!— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 23, 2013
The innocent yet wise conversation with mom comes to a screeching halt with the news of the Mumbai Gang rape. Shame!— boman irani (@bomanirani) August 23, 2013
Devastated to hear of gangrape of r dear journalist in Mumbai,SEVERE action HAS tobe taken to make RAPE punishmnt EXTREME to instill FEAR— Celina Jaitly (@CelinaJaitly) August 23, 2013
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!— Nargis (@NargisFakhri) August 23, 2013
Moral Bankruptcy is Worse than Financial Bankruptcy. And we are heading towards BOTH. #MumbaiRape. Shameful and Sad.— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) August 23, 2013
Very sad to hear abt the rape in Mumbai. Such crimes have increased over the years. Everytime ppl make noise, all we get is a govt committee— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) August 23, 2013
This news about gang rape in mumbai really shocked me . Since I also have a female friend who is photojournalist .— Rahul Mahajan (@TheRahulMahajan) August 22, 2013
Meanwhile, politicians too shared the sentiments, with Milind Deora taking to Twitter condemning the gangrape in Mumbai and saying strict action should be taken against those who had committed it.
Mumbai Police must get to the bottom of yesterday's alleged rape & punish the guilty ASAP. Mumbai takes pride in being a safe city for women— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) August 23, 2013
Moreover, while some on Twitter fell short of making it a Mumbai-Delhi issue, many made their point loud and clear- Mumbai, or Delhi, women of any age, city of background, nowhere in India are safe.
Another gang rape in #India and its too in daylight in a safe city Mumbai— Arslan Ali (@a4arsl) August 23, 2013
Sheila dixit must be in glee.. Now Mumbai situation worsening as well. She prob hopes Mumbai takes d title of "rape capital". #rapes— Neena Rai (@NeenaRai) August 22, 2013
How is Mumbai safe...rape incidents are on the rise & our so called fast track courts procrastinating for the last 8 mths! Incredible India— Radhika Rao (@RadhikaRao) August 23, 2013
No. Please do not begin a Mumbai-Delhi war in the name of rape atleast.— D. (@BombayVintage_) August 22, 2013
Guys, rape is RAPE. It does not matter what city, what area, what social class. This is not a caste war or a Delhi-Mumbai Page 3 talk.— Sachin Kalbag (@SachinKalbag) August 23, 2013
All it happens a day after Raksha Bandhan.. Which raksha bandhan we are talking utter waste in India.. #MumbaiRape— Himanshu Singh (@Lambar_Daar) August 23, 2013
The Mumbai gang rape incident is one more sad, sickening and disgusting one. Like I said before, all proven rapists should be hung.— Milap Zaveri (@zmilap) August 23, 2013
Mumbai rape reminds us that the accused in the #DelhiGangRape have still not been convicted of the brutal crime. Unacceptable, insane delay.— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) August 22, 2013