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Sanjay Dutt on Ryan school murder: It’s scary, I couldn’t even read the full article

Actor Sanjay Dutt is deeply disturbed by the killing of Pradyuman Thakur, a student of Ryan International School; says the culprit should be taken to task in a major way.

bollywood Updated: Sep 18, 2017 17:51 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
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Actor Sanjay Dutt has six-year-old twins — daughter Iqra and son Shahraan — besides daughter Trishala from her first marriage. (Shivam Saxena/HT Photo)

The father in Sanjay Dutt is scared. Ever since the news of the brutal murder of Ryan International School’s seven-year-old student, Pradyuman Thakur, came to light, parents are worried sick about the safety of their children anywhere outside their homes. Dutt, who has a daughter Trishala (29) and six-year-old twins Iqra and Shahraan, says it’s “scary” and beyond belief that someone can go to that extent to harm a child.

“It’s so, so scary. Who can hurt a child that much? These kinds of crimes should never take place. Minor girls being raped or children getting molested… I don’t know where this world is going,” he sighs.

Dutt, who was in Delhi to promote his upcoming film Bhoomi, calls for severe punishment for such criminals. “Whoever does such a thing should be taken to task in a major way where an example is set. The government should take some extreme and severe steps. There should not be any trial and this or that. This is downright heinous,” says the actor, who, in 2016, completed his five-year term in prison for illegal possession of weapons, and is aware of how law and order can change the course of things.

As a celeb with influence, does he wish to spread awareness about such issues through cinema? “I would, but, I think, more than the film, what matters more is how people conduct themselves. I mean, how can anybody do something like that [to a kid]? Honestly, I couldn’t even read that [Ryan School murder] full article. It’s just crazy.”

Crimes against women are another concern, and Dutt’s comeback film, Bhoomi, focuses on that. “It talks about violence against women, which is a big problem in India today and I really condemn it. I believe in women’s empowerment and saving the girl child. Beti bachao and beti padhao is what can take this country forward,” says the actor.

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First Published: Sep 18, 2017 17:45 IST