Like everyone else, Bollywood, too, stands shocked and angered at the gangrape of a 23-year-old photo-journalist in Mumbai on Thursday.
Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, who is working against women’s harassment, was one of the first few to raise his voice. “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 (sic),” tweeted and angry Akhtar on Friday morning.
The incident reportedly took place at around 8pm on Thursday near Shakti Mills in the Lower Parel area of Mumbai, when the journalist was working on a story on chawls for an English magazine. She was accompanied by a male friend but police say the criminals tied up the friend before raping her.
“There has to be harsher punishment for rape & a fixed time limit within which cases must reach a verdict in court. Wake up system!! (sic),” Akhtar further wrote, evoking similar strong responses from fans and other Bollywood colleagues.
In March this year, in wake of the heinous December 16 Delhi bus gangrape and the sexual assault and murder of Pallavi Purkayastha, a Mumbai lawyer, he launched his social campaign called MARD (Men Against Rape and Discrimination) to sensitise men and stop sexual harrassment.
Akhtar also shot out at the authorities for letting illegal activities go on at the scene of the crime. “Cannot understand, if everybody seems to have known this compound is where drug dealers & addicts hung out, why nothing was done earlier?? (sic)”, he wrote.
Vishal Dadlani, music composer: Aaaarrggghh! I hate what we've become! We sit around while politicians do nothing to protect women! Has India's youth become so helpless? Mumbai! City of rapists, molesters & apathetic citizens! Everyone who sits around waiting for sh*t to solve itself, be ashamed! WE did this!
Varun Dhawan, actor: Just heard the news about a gangrape in Mumbai. Disgusted!!. Please publicly hang these people. Sickened with these repeated acts by cowards.
Karan Johar, director: Helpless to say the least...words like "devastated".."disgusted" mean nothing at a time like this! #gangerape in my city... I feel ashamed (sic).
Pooja Bhatt, director: Mortified to hear about the gang rape ... This is not the city I grew up in. Ashamed!