Wake up India, Bollywood celebs express angst
New Delhi: Bollywood celebrities are "angry" and "ashamed" following the death Saturday of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim in a Singapore hospital, where she had been airlifted for treatment. Her fight for life must not be forgotten and India needs to "wake up", they said.
Several film celebrities took to Twitter to express their anguish over the young woman`s 13 days of struggle, and the ensuing protests across the nation. The fire within each person, they said, must continue to rage until change happens.
Here`s what they tweeted:
Abhishek Bachchan: I have always been a very proud Indian. Today, we should ALL be ashamed. Will it always take an innocents death for a nation to awake?
Ajay Devgn: Why does someone need to be sacrificed to start a revolution? I hope her sacrifice is not in vain. The b*****ds should be hanged! Jai hind.
Boman Irani: She was like a soldier of revolution. If forgotten, the shame on us is greater than the one`s we accuse!
Shabana Azmi: And SHE PASSES AWAY in Singapore. RIP. Our impotence stares us in the face. May SHE become the wake-up call our country needs. We must soul search. Female foeticide; inequal access to nutrition, education, health; no decision making powers; dowry demands; rapes rampant. INDIA WAKE UP.
Kabir Bedi: `Nirbhaya` will live forever in India`s heart. Her ordeal moved us deeply. She raised the consciousness of a nation. RIP.
Amitabh Bachchan: `Amanat`, `Damini` just a name now... her body has passed away, but her soul shall forever stir our hearts.
Mini Mathur: A young life tormented and snuffed out by six deranged animals in human garb. India will find it difficult to find a new low. Angry. Just angry. India`s rate of growth, diplomatic breakthroughs mean nothing till we clean up the muck within. It`s still the f****ing dark ages in here.
Sonu Sood: Few condolence messages from our politicians and THAT`S IT!! The brave girl who lost her life will just be a topic of debate for some.
Kunal Kapoor: Heartbroken by the news... RIP braveheart. We should not rest though, till there is a change in our system. Just demanding justice for her not enough, there are 20,000 women like her waiting for justice. We need to raise our voice for all of them. I really hope the anger that we all feel, does nOt disappear after a couple of days and a few emotional tweets.
Anubhav Sinha: ASHAMED that I belong to a race that commits such heinous acts. My apologies to all women. RIP would be such a farce. All men, let us hang our heads in shame and apologise to those who feel threatened in the world they give birth to.
Anupam Kher: This is death of human dignity, death of being an Indian, death of innocence and this is also death of a system. This is not the time to shut down metros, India Gate or India. This is the time to apologise and to say sorry for letting people down.
Vishal Dadlani: We must be non-violent, yet strong, focussed and determined! The law must change. The mindset must change. The country MUST CHANGE!!
Karan Johar: RIP to a brave girl who fought in a weak and paralysed country... Shame on all of us.
Madhur Bhandarkar: RIP Damini, today is a dark day in our democracy. We should pledge not to let dust settle on this fight till the end.
Ashish Chowdhry: Shame. Shame on humanity. Shame on our country. Shame on justice... even god`s justice. Shame. And I don`t think she`ll "RIP". She`ll need answers.
Sophie Choudry: So angry, upset, ashamed, helpless! We need to change mindsets, we need strong anti-rape laws, we need to value human life... NOW!
Onir: Zero tolerance to crime against women should be the new year resolution of the nation.
Mahesh Bhatt: Shut all temples where you pretend to worship the female form. Cry India! Your hands are drenched with the blood of your own daughters.
Gul Panag: Let`s not forget the many many other unsung women and girls who have also been victims of sexual violence. Outrage shouldn`t be selective.
Sophie Choudry: Her plight made the nation rise up and address an issue that`s been ignored too long! She must not become another statistic. Keep the momentum alive.