Actor and MP Jaya Bachchan was shaken, and broke down in Rajya Sabha over the Delhi bus rape case. Her B-town counterparts Kareena Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Juhi Chawla, Sridevi, Anurag Kashyap, Huma Qureshi and Shekhar Kapur shared their anger
Samajwadi Party MP and Bollywood actor Jaya Bachchan broke down while condemning the gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in Delhi.
Bachchan had a spat with the chair in Parliament, when she was not allowed to speak beyond the fixed time limit. She insisted the issue was important and she would protest by standing at her seat. She was later allowed to speak again by the chair, making an exception. “It is a shame. I don’t know what all to say. I’m shaken,” she said. “So far, I thought we are living in a country where women are considered idols and worshiped. We worship Durga, saying she is the goddess of power. All these ideals have been spoiled because everyday, in cities of India, specially Delhi, such incidents occur.”
B-town celebs like actors Kareena Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sridevi, Huma Qureshi, actor-director Farhan Akhtar and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap went on Twitter to express their anger, with a barrage of tweets. Anurag tweeted: “We need to Stop objectifying our women in what we call our second religion.. Our films. And our Tv Shows. ”
Kareena was asked about the incident at a press conference for a magazine in Delhi. She said, “It really should not have happened. In our country, we always take safety measures after any shocking incident happens. I definitely would like to say that getting justice in the country is really time taking. Our laws should be reassessed. Justice has to happen faster.”
Juhi said, “Read the newspapers this morning & I wish I hadn’t. Read the heart rending, shocking & saddening news about the gang-rape on a Delhi bus!”
Farhan tweeted, “I believe swift and severe punishment is the only deterrent. These deviants are not afraid of consequence as it comes too little too late. Yes we can stoop lower as a people. The Delhi bus gang rape is proof of that. Is justice asleep?” He was so disturbed that he even wrote a poem.
Sridevi came in late on Twitter, saying, “My heart goes out to the girl & her family in Delhi. Hope justice is served to the guilty of this heinous crime with a severe punishment.”
Huma tweeted, “Rape is saying-I can violate u whenever I want. Killing rapists wnt solve nything. Respect women on an everyday basis. Stop nurturing men 2 think they r masters. Its not ok to b rude,uncouth even in seemingly small ways.In dat attitude is d seed of d problem. Or women to think that they r either 2 be put indoors, away from d male gaze nor goddesses to b put on a pedestal. Eveteasing,sex selection,domestic violence,dowry,honor killings…If u have seen ny injustice on women n been silent. YOU guilty as rapists”.
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said, “Who allowed this chartered bus in which d girl was gangraped 2 pick up passengers? Was it licensed 2 do so? Answers!”
Singer Anushka Manchanda said, “Castrate and let them live and give them a chance to turn into even more dangerous psychos? No. Death penalty.”
South actor Vishnu Manchu said: “Horrible incident; Delhi Rape case. Shame on Delhi, more popular for being the Rape Capital of our country. Hope death sentence is given.”
Jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali tweeted, “Our legal system is so delayed that by the time the rapist is punished the crime is long forgotten & d victim remains a victim lifelong.”
In Parliament, Bachchan asked if the government had made a public apology to the victim’s family. “First of all, whatever happened? Did the government send any condolence to the family? Did you publicly make any announcement saying we are so sorry something so shameful happened in our country?”
“Sir, I’m basically an artiste and I’m very very disturbed by it. What is going to happen to her? Everybody will forget but she will remember for the rest of her life. It will be a scar. It’s a terrible mental torture. How are you going to repay for this?” she said, her voice choking with emotions. Wiping her tears, she said, “Every day, women are getting raped by their fathers, their brothers, their uncles and it’s a shame. We are bringing in bills for certain sections of society which are deprived. What about women who bring you into this world? Where is their protection.”
“I’m ashamed. I personally feel very very ashamed that I am sitting in this house and not being able to do anything and I am equally disturbed by the answers that keep coming to this house which are totally incorrect,” she said. She urged the government to amend Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code and make rape a crime at par with attempt to murder.