Bollywood actors are seldom seen lending more than lip service to causes, but Sunday saw a different story. Top stars not just from the Hindi film industry but also Tamil and Kannada cinema thronged the streets in Mumbai to protest against the gang rape of a 22-year-old photo-journalist last week.
Among those spotted carrying placards with bold slogans demanding safety for women were actors Sonam Kapoor, Dilip Tahil, Reshma D’ Souza, Karanveer Bohra along with his wife Teejay Sidhu and singer Sona Mohapatra, among others. “I am really shocked and taken aback with the recent shameful incident that took place in Mumbai. A sheer act of cowardice,” said Sonam during the silent protest, which took place in the heart of Mumbai, from Joggers’ Park to the Amphitheatre on Carter Road.
Kannada actor Reshma D’Souza said, “A young photographer gangraped, her colleague thrashed. Still no fear. Rapists feel they can get away! The economy is down, corruption is on the rise and the state of law and order is shameful.”
Another active participant was TV actor Kushaal Punjabi: “If we don’t act this time, it’s over. We will be sealing the fate for all our girl children. It isn’t about Mumbai or Delhi. It’s about India. We need to find a way to protect them.” Other celebs at the protest included Aparnaa Bajpai, Satish Reddy, and Baba Siddique.