Recently, actor and activist Rahul Bose voiced his views in favour of giving the Delhi gang-rape accused a chance to reform. "We have to ask ourselves of the five or six of the rapists of the December 16, is there anyone who wants to change, who wants to reform... Nobody is saying about commuting any sentence, the sentence stands as it is but while it stands, can we create a gender warrior among them?" commented the actor.
The irony of the situation though is that the prime rape accused in the case, Ram Singh, committed suicide in Tihar Jail today. He was found hanging in his cell early morning today.
The Twitter populace on the other hand, reacted strongly in stark criticism against the above statement made by Rahul Bose. Here are some of reactions on twitter...
"Rahul Bose just received the invitation from Digvijay Singh and Sushil Kumar Shinde to join their group on fb "Foot in the Mouth"
"Rahul Bose is the reason for Ram singh Suicide.. Reform.. Huhn.. !! socha jab aisi soch wale hain... to mujhe aur jeene ki kya Jarurat."
"Rahul Bose shows support & Ram Singh commits suicide....Earlier it used to only be producers & distributors of his movies"
"Ram Singh was so inspired by Rahul Bose's article on being reformed, he figured committing suicide will get him 72 virgins."
"Probably the only person in India who will be sorry about Ram Singh's suicide is Rahul Bose - no chance to reform him now"
"Rahul Bose told chance to REFORM bur Ram Singh found better idea than this may be REBIRTH Rahul Bose-0 Rape accused-1"
"Ram singh to Police: Suicide se darr nahi lagta Sahib, Rahul bose ke reform se lagta hai."
"In Tihar punishment for Ram Singh was to watch Rahul Bose movies whole day. He couldn't take it any more."
"I'd really like to know on which scale does Rahul Bose measure genuine remorse!??"
"Any Human Right Activist including Rahul Bose who sympathizes with death of Ram Singh must be hanged to death #bloody loosers"
"Rahul Bose to act in a movie called 'Reform ke side effect'; the movies focuses on suicidal tendencies"
"if men like Rahul Bose were groped and manhandled on a daily basis, they wouldn't come up turning rapists into 'gender warriors'"
Rahul Bose, later, tweeted a clarification:
"Don't know whether my statement on reformative justice for ALL criminals was misquoted-(haven't read it), but am tweeting it in a series. All criminals should be sentenced according to the law, but while serving time I believe if any of them show deep, genuine remorse they should be given a chance to reform in jail. Rapists included. But if the perpetrator shows no remorse, then neither should we. And for all those asking how I would feel if a person dear to me was raped, the answer is : very sad, even angry. But if, over time, the perpetrator showed, deep, genuine remorse while in jail, I would find it in my heart to forgive him. As a civilization that's the only way to evolve to a better, more peaceful place. Hate begets hate. Love, forgiveness even, stops that cycle. My timeline is full of hate. I understand, but will never apologise for my beliefs. Thanks for (if you have) reading. My beliefs never stem from a knee jerk reaction. They stem from reading, seeking counsel from those wiser than me, feeling, analysing looking at history, at context and into my mind and heart. Thanks again."