Delhi gang-rape: I am so sorry that I am a man, says Shah Rukh Khan
Mumbai: The nation stands in a complete state of shock as the braveheart Delhi gang rape victim succumbed to her injuries at the Mt. Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore early Saturday morning. The girl was airlifted to Singapore for treatment a couple of days back but her conditioned only worsened since then.
With the passing away of the braveheart girl, celebrities from the showbiz industry, who had been voicing their concerns about an inept system that fails to protest women in the country, have vented out their angst on Twitter.
Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchhan wrote, “Her body has passed away, but her soul shall shall forever stir our hearts !!!(sic).
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar wrote, “Enough is enough. Nirbhay damini ki mrityu nahi hui hai,humare desh ki insaaniyat ki mrityu hui hai ,ye waqt hai ki humari sarkar ab to geheri neend se jaage aur in pashutulya balatkaario'n ko jald se jald, kadi se kadi saza de,sirf aasu bahana aur bolna ab band karein.
Shah Rukh Khan tweeted, “(1) We couldn't save u but wot a big voice u have, u brave little girl.That voice is telling us that rape is not an aberration, not a mistake. (2) Rape embodies sexuality as our culture & society has defined it. i am so sorry that i am a part of this society and culture. (3) I am so sorry that I am a man. I promise I will fight with ur voice. I will respect women, so that I gain my daughter's respect.
A very angry Anushka Sharma tweeted her heart heart. She wrote, “A land where the victim dies and the perpetrators live. Mark this day as the day we were let down by our country and country'men' , I am ashamed and so so angry and broken that I live in a country where human life has such little value , actually NO value , RIP , you are a hero. We should blame ourselves too , for being complacent with the happenings around us till such an extreme case is brought to light .India fought for its independence , revolutionaries sacrificed their lives . Are we independent? Of what?everyday women are tortured .children are tortured .we are made to shut up and not ask questions under those who hold the power. no one is held accountable . It happened under whose sueveilance ? Who is accountable?what do we do ? Fight the protectors ? Fight the perverts on the roads , in the homes ? Accept corruption and hypocrisy ? Accept mediocracy ? Accept torture levied on us by those in power and uniform ? Why? Because we fear . Because we do not know our rights . Do we have rights? Rules and rights can be bent by those as and when they want to benefit their pockets ! The loopholes in the system are too many . there is no transparency ! There is wrong happening every minute 10 feet away from you . this happens . and women are raped .they die .they commit suicide .they live with it silently in fear. Our anger and our questions are silenced by water cannons ! We are told by some idiots in the government that makeup, tight jeans and cellphones and late nights is the reason . NO ! It is NOT , the reason is that men rape & abuse and get away with it, is because they CAN !! The reason is lack of respect for women in an extremely patriarchal system . Reform this deeply wrong system . please bring back the pride and respect I held so high for this country as an Army officers daughter! I sang the national anthem loud in school , I still sing it in theatres .I want to be proud , but I am not . I am not proud and I will not respect my government . Do they respect us? For few seconds forget who you are what you do and what you earn and picturise yourself sans any one trustable known to you . Do you feel safe ? Do you feel you live in a clean environment ? Do you feel free ? We blame the government , we say they are wrong , we say they failed us ! Ofcourse they did . No second guessing . But so did we,we wronged ourselves and one another.Because we cannot stand united because we do not care about the next person , because we think as long as its not happening to me ... I am safe . You are Not !Remind yourself of this day whenever you see wrong , a day in India where the victim dies before the guilty . Women stand up for one another ,respect one another , men be empathetic . The only way to remove this fear and hesitation in standing up is to not fear and stand up . Ask questions , make noise , demand to know our rights , make a collective pledge to treat all women with respect and demand the same respect from others , report crime against women in work places , on roads , stand up for women fearlessly , intervene when women are tormented by words or deeds, report a complaint and ensure it is taken forward with immediate effect ,use twitter to report the wrong you see , the media is highly instrumental and influential in bringing forth that which we need to stand united for and demand justice and reforms .there are many journalists on Twitter , if you fear the law and order address your grievances here , to them , post it to actors .sportsmen .to bring it out. These protests across the nation stand testimony to the change in us as citizens , we came together and demanded that which should have been in place already. Even if the value of its citizens is not a serious matter of concern for those who hold the power . These protests have instilled faith that we value one another , this is a start of something big . Remember her and the torture she suffered , let that the be the fuel that ignites our will to fight for change ,to live in a country we deserve . Do no wrong . Stand no wrong . Fight for what is right . Do not let the anger die . Let us bring her and many unknown ones like her to justice by fighting till reforms protecting women are written in stone and implemented with impeccable certainty.”
Former beauty queen, actor and social activist Gul Panag wrote, “Woke up to news I have been dreading. May our Hero rest in peace, and may God give her family strength. #delhigangrape.Wonder how many lives will be lost before we as a society fix ourselves?? And before our State takes corrective measures? (sic).”
Eminent writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar said, “We,the mute spectators of violence towards women at home and at public places Are we also not responsible for what is happening(sic).”
Music director Vishal Dadlani, who has been categorically slamming the improper functioning of the socio-political system wrote, “She`s gone. RIP. Don`t let her struggle be in vain. If the protests turn violent, all the momentum/credibility built up so far will be lost. She fought till her last breath. We must stay strong and peaceful in an effort to take her battle to it`s conclusion. STRONG RAPE LAWS,NOW!(sic).”
Actress Sonam Kapoor said, “ Please don`t let her tragic death be in vain. RIP (sic).”
Veteran actor, social activist Anupam Kher wrote, “This is Death of Human Dignity, Death of Being an Indian, Death of Innocence and This is also Death of A System. India is Heart Broken. RIP(sic).”
Arjun Rampal wrote, “Amanat, has died and has left this country to hang its head down in shame. I sincerely do hope there will be redemption for her soul(sic).”
Bipasha Basu wrote, “Disheartened and disturbed!Rip the braveheart girl!(sic).”
Music director Ehsaan Noraani feel short of words while expressing his grief. All he wrote was, “At a loss of words ...................... sadness overcomes me ............ RIP ....... go the light (sic).
Singer-actress Sophie Chuadry wrote, “SPEAK!What r u waiting for?It's already at ur doorstep!Women/Girls/Kids must feel safe in their own country,in their own homes! #RIPHumanity (sic).”
Filmmaker Karan Johar wrote, “RIP to a brave girl who fought in a weak and paralysed country.......#shameonallofus!(sic).”
Singer Papon wrote, "Shameful end to the year!!! How is the 'system' beyond the reach of the ones who voted for it? Then why vote? Why democracy? What a morning!(sic)."
Choreographer turned director Farah Khan wrote, "Every revolution has 2 happen inside 1st! Pls let's start by teaching r sons 2 respect women..(sic)."
Actor Vinay Pathak wrote, “I didnt know... hv been away... What a dismal thing to happen... RIP (sic).”
Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha fumed at the unfortunate death of the 23 year old student and wrote, “All MEN, Let us hang our heads in SHAME and apologize to those who feel threatened in the world they give birth to. #SORRYLADIES(sic).”
Actor Manoj Bajapayee wrote, “With her death this country died many deaths!may she rest in peace !very depressing moment for the entire country(sic).”
Boman Irani seemed stirred by the girl’s death. He wrote, “They say the prophecy was incorrect. The world did not end!............. I'm beginning to wonder!!!(sic).”
Mandira Bedi was furious while expressing her take on the issue and wrote, “These uncouth beasts who commit these acts r thumbing their noses at us. "Protest all u want. Nothing can touch us." There's simply no fear(sic).”
Ranvir Shorey wrote, “#India needs a good cry right now. India needs immediate action. Unfortunately we don't have a leadership that understands this. #RIP(sic).”
Producer Pritish Nandy wrote, “India finally wakes up to its destiny. A single tragedy gives us the courage to reclaim our nation... (sic).”
Sonakshi Sinha write, “The girl isn't dead. Instead she's moved to a better place where no rapes happen. Too bad that place doesn't exist in apna Bharat mahaan(sic).”
Akshay Kumar seemed to me might peeved with the news. He said, “Our fighter lost the battle of life. Her only fault, she ventured out of the house at night, walking the streets of the national capital expecting to be safe. The day a woman can walk freely on the roads at night is when India will be truly independent. RIP democracy!(sic).”
Vivek Oberoi wrote, “A young girl's life maliciously cut short, her hopes n dreams never to be realized. This must be society's wake up call to fight for justice! Prayers for the family who have endured so much grief. RIP How many girls have to die before we see change? She deserves justice, the girl in Punjab who took her life deserves justice. The girls who are victim to the horrendous crime of rape everyday deserve justice. Safety & respect for a woman is not her privilege, it's her right.”
Producer Ritesh Sidhwani wrote, “A day of prayers and hope for this to never happen. Strength and Courage to the brave girls family (sic).”
Ace filmmaker Shekhar Kapur wrote, “Her greatest betrayal is that we will forget. Political systems greatest hope is we will forget.R only redemption is if we do not forget(sic).”
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt wrote, “Woman your silence will not protect you. Speak or be silenced forever. Rage!(sic).”
Actor, producer and director Arbaaz Khan wrote, “Braveheart girl RIP :( May god rest her soul in peace. My heartfelt condolenses to her family...(sic).”
Filmmaker Ken Ghosh wrote, “India died a little more........Corrupt politicians and bureaucrats please stop the raping of the country before india completely dies(sic).”
Actor Shahid Kapoor wrote, “The innocent dies while the guilty still live ..... Shameful day sad day .... Reality staring us in our faces .... We need CHANGE(sic).”
Irrfan Khan looked devastated while expressing his thoughts. He wrote, "Nirbhay suffered n GONE.left a deep gash in our heart, left so much for introspection.may her loss creates a safe society for women(sic)."
Filmmaker Punit Malhotra wrote, “Heartbroken!!! But congratulations to all our politicians. Yet another feather in your hat. You guys will be remembered in history... for taking the country to an all new low. Do something... Atleast try and make an attempt to save face. The brave heart has gone but every single day that the rapists stay alive is a slap on our faces. Justice delayed is justice denied(sic).”
Celina Jaitly wrote, “Today I truly feel very lost and sad at what has happened .. it feels like a personal tragedy as if i have lost my own .. rest in peace girl(sic).”
Sushmita Sen wrote, “Rest in peace my brave one. May God give your family the strength to live with this painful loss. Your life n truth won't be forgotten. WE WANT JUSTICE n not Revenge. Justice will set a president to prevent such horrific acts from happening again..revenge will end with her(sic).”
Editor Resul Pookutty wrote, “The brave girl could have been my sister, my daughter.In every girl of India I see her face,the nameless faceless girl U are everywhere.RIP(sic).”