MUMBAI: Bollywood has joined the nation in expressing its shock over the rape of a five-year-old girl in the national capital this week.
Outraged by the crime, thousands of people took to the streets and marched on to the Delhi police headquarters and the residences of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde seeking termination of negligent cops and the severest punishment to the guilty.
Manoj Kumar, a 25-year-old youth, has been arrested by the police for the crime.
Super star Amitabh Bachchan said the Delhi rape of a minor has left him “numb and without voice.’’
The Big B said, “These evil beings are not fit to be called animals … even animals have certain codes of conduct !
“What is happening to us as a society, a community ? Why and how are we succumbing to these atrocious and ghastly acts … who are these people and where do they come from .. which mother gave birth to them, and how were they brought up … in which environment?”
He said, “Jails are not the solution … keeping them bound and confined shall not change them or their thinking … they need to be made examples of … they need to be shamed first publicly and then left to the public to deal them justice in which ever way they seem fit.
“There seems to be complete vacuousness in how the situation needs to be dealt with .. no one seems to have solutions, or worse, preventions … we wait till a deed happens and then get active on how to deal with the situation … we have no mechanism to preempt a situation .. whether it be a rape or a terrorist attack.”
Director Karan Johar tweeted, “Shocked and disgusted beyonds words to hear about the rape of a 5 year old!!!! Are we officially a barbaric nation? Is morality extinct?”
Calling for strictest action against the guilty, Sridevi said, “It’s a very sad thing. Being a mother, I can feel the pain the family members go through. Government has to take a strict action against the people involved in such crime.’’
Shilpa Shetty said, “Disgusted with the Delhi cop who slapped that girl who protested! What is our country coming to. When will this apathy end? Time to wake up. Strict punitive action must be taken against these offenders at the earliest.’’
Tweeted Shabana Azmi, “Anger and outrage against Delhi Police is justified but we need to delve deeper 2 understand why we r becoming such a misogynist sick society.’’
Anupam Kher, who has been critical of authorities on various social issues, said, “Sometimes, the evils of authorities are directly proportional to the tolerance and indifference of the people.’’