As the Jawaharlal Nehru University came under siege by an unidentified mob on Sunday, several Bollywood celebrities including Swara Bhasker, Shabana Azmi, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Taapsee Pannu, condemned the violence and urged Delhi Police to intervene.
Swara, took to Twitter to appeal to the people on social media to reach the campus “to pressure the government and Delhi Police” to control the violence.
Urgent appeal!!!! To all Delhiites PLS gather in large numbers outside the Main Gate of JNU campus on Baba Gangnath Marg.. to pressure the govt. & #DelhiPolice to stop the rampage by alleged ABVP masked goons on JNU campus. PLS PLS share to everyone in Delhi!🙏🏿🙏🏿 9pm on 5th. Jan pic.twitter.com/IXgvvazoSn
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 5, 2020
Commenting on Swara’s video, veteran actor Shabana Azmi said she was shocked by the violence and called for immediate action against the perpetrators.
This is beyond shocking ! Condemnation is not enough. Immediate action needs to be taken against the perpetrators . https://t.co/P5Arv9aNhj
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) January 5, 2020
“Is this really happening ? Im not in India and it all seems like a nightmare. 20 Students Admitted To AIIMS As Violence Breaks Out In JNU. Students and Teachers beaten. Reprehensible, Appalling Condemnable. Immediate action must be taken against the perpetrators,” Azmi said in another tweet.
At least 18 people were injured and admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). JNU students’ union president Aishe Ghosh suffered a head injury.
Taapsee said it was saddening to see an educational institution “getting scarred forever”.
such is the condition inside what we consider to be a place where our future is shaped. It’s getting scarred for ever. Irreversible damage. What kind of shaping up is happening here, it’s there for us to see…. saddening https://t.co/Qt2q7HRhLG
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) January 5, 2020
Sonam Kapoor took to Twitter to call the attack disgusting and cowardly.
Shocking disgusting and cowardly. Have the balls to at least show your face when you want to attack innocents. https://t.co/laFmsF8DTK
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) January 5, 2020
Dia Mirza asked how long will the ‘defenceless’ be attacked in the name of religion and politics.
How long will this be allowed to continue? How long will you turn a blind eye? How long will the defenceless be attacked in the name of politics or religion? Enough is enough. @DelhiPolice
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) January 5, 2020
Actor Ritiesh Deshmukh said that teachers being brutally attacked by masked goons inside JNU cannot and should not be tolerated.
Why do you need to cover your face? Because you know you are doing something wrong, illegal & punishable. There is no honour in this-Its horrific to see the visuals of students & teachers brutally attacked by masked goons inside JNU-Such violence cannot & should not be tolerated
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) January 5, 2020
Actor Richa Chadha said, “A few months ago JNU gave the world a Nobel laureate. Now JNU teachers and students are being beaten up for protesting a fee hike. World watches.”
A few months ago JNU gave the world a Nobel laureate. Now JNU teachers and students are being beaten up for protesting a fee hike. World watches. https://t.co/zgdS79jDtT
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) January 5, 2020