The death of a 19-year-old woman, who was brutally gang-raped in a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district two weeks ago, has triggered a nationwide uproar with protests and calls for justice.
Politicians, sports personalities, B’town celebs took to their social media platforms to express their anguish and demand justice for her.
Calling it a shameful move of the UP government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said ”a daughter of India is raped, facts are suppressed and in the end the right of funeral is also taken away from her family”.
भारत की एक बेटी का रेप-क़त्ल किया जाता है, तथ्य दबाए जाते हैं और अन्त में उसके परिवार से अंतिम संस्कार का हक़ भी छीन लिया जाता है।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 30, 2020
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in a video said, “I want to ask some questions to the Chief Minister of UP. Who had ordered to forcefully burn the dead body of the victim by forcibly snatching the family? Where were you sleeping for the last 14 days? Why act? I did not come? And how long will all this last? How are you the Chief Minister?
मैं यूपी के मुख्यमंत्री जी से कुछ सवाल पूछना चाहती हूँ-
परिजनों से जबरदस्ती छीन कर पीड़िता के शव को जलवा देने का आदेश किसने दिया?
पिछले 14 दिन से कहां सोए हुए थे आप? क्यों हरकत में नहीं आए?
और कब तक चलेगा ये सब? कैसे मुख्यमंत्री हैं आप? pic.twitter.com/Q2qPcDXDTT
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) September 30, 2020
Calling it a ”painful episode”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted-
हाथरस की पीडिता का पहले कुछ वहशियों ने बलात्कार किया और कल पूरे सिस्टम ने बलात्कार किया। पूरा प्रकरण बेहद पीड़ादायी है।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 30, 2020
”There is no hope left from today’s insensitive power”, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav said.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) September 29, 2020
“Angry and frustrated! Such brutality in #Hathras gangrape. When will this stop? Our laws and their enforcement must be so strict that the mere thought of punishment makes rapists shudder with fear! Hang the culprits. Raise your voice to safeguard daughters and sisters. It’s the least we can do,” Akshay said in his tweet.
Angry & Frustrated!Such brutality in #Hathras gangrape.When will this stop?Our laws & their enforcement must be so strict that the mere thought of punishment makes rapists shudder with fear!Hang the culprits.Raise ur voice to safeguard daughters & sisters-its the least we can do
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 29, 2020
Expressing her “immense faith,” in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, actor Kangana Ranaut said she wants that the Hathras rapists to be executed in the same manner, in which the Priyanka Reddy’s rapists were punished.
I have immense faith in @myogiadityanath ji, just how Priyanka Reddy rapists were shot dead on the very spot they raped and burnt her alive we want the same emotional, instinctive and impulsive justice for #HathrasHorror #HathrasHorrorShocksIndia
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 30, 2020
Actor Farhan Akhtar asserted that the Hathras incident will forever remain a “blemish” on the fabric of this nation. Lashing out at those who shield perpetrators, he said that it’s “barbaric” to deny the bereaved family last rites of their daughter. In the end, he stated, “Humanity is dead.”
#Hathras will forever remain a blemish on the fabric of this nation. Shame on all those who shield people who commit such crimes and all those who cover it up. To deny an already broken & grieving family their daughters last rites is barbaric. Humanity is dead.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 30, 2020
“This must stop. Beyond disgusted,” Abhishek Bachchan said in a tweet while Kareena demanded justice for the woman in a post on her Instagram stories.
THIS MUST STOP!!!! #Hathras
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) September 29, 2020
“We forgot the Hathras victim. We failed her at every level. This is on our collective conscience,” wrote Dia Mirza on Twitter.
We forgot the Hathras victim. We failed her at every level. This is on our collective conscience.
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) September 29, 2020
Riteish Deshmukh bids that culprits of such brutality must be hanged in public.
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 29, 2020
Taking to her Instagram stories, actress Anushka Sharma wrote, “The horrific story of Hathras gang rape has devastated me…I hope that the strictest punishment is given to the barbaric men who have carried out such a horrific, inhuman act on a young life and caused her family irreparable loss.”
Last rites of Hathras gang-rape victim was performed at her native place here in the wee hours of Wednesday. The 19-year-old, who was gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh`s Hathras, died on Tuesday morning, at Safdarjung hospital in Delhi.
All the four accused involved in September 14 gang-rape have been arrested.