MUMBAI: As the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi continues to shock the nation, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has called it a “atrocious and unforgivable” crime that “even an animal would not behave so”.
In a tweet, the Big B, whose wife Jaya Bachchan raised the issue in the upper House of the Rajya Sabha, said, “Wanted to say so much of the day but so disturbed by the gangrape case in Delhi…atrocious and unforgivable.”
An outraged Bachchan said, “When you speak on an issue they say, you only speak do not do anything… when you do not speak on issue they say you never speak. The fear of system, of order, of conduct guided by justice, is fast disappearing. Is this the freedom that our elders fought for.
“Durga, Kali, Lakshmi are goddesses… we pay homage to them, respect them. Women need to be respected, and given pride of place. On this public platform I dare not even attempt to mention the details of the rape case… even an animal would not behave so.”
Meanwhile, the young girl, who was gangraped and brutalized on Sunday night, is in a critical state in Delhi’s Safdarjang hospital after undergoing five surgeries, according to doctors. Specialists from the trauma centre of the nearby AIIMS have been roped in to save the victim.
The 23-year-year paramedical student was travelling in a private bus from Munirka in south Delhi to Dwarka in west Delhi with her friend after watching a film when she was assaulted by the crew of the bus.
With her life in peril, the young girl reportedly told her mother, “Maa, main jeena chahti hoon (Mother I want to live).”
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that “it is a heinous crime. It is very upsetting.”
Singh said he has directed his home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde that no efforts should be spared to ensure such crimes don’t occur.
But public anger over the incident is rising as the condition of the victim remains serious.