NEW DELHI, Dec 29 — The death of India’s 23-year-old gang-rape victim early Saturday morning due to multiple organ failure was devastating news
for those who have prayed for her recovery.
While more protests are being planned, some including India’s famous film producers, actors and singers took to the micro-blogging site twitter to vent their anger and grievances.
“Shut all temples where you pretend to worship the female form. Cry India!
Your hands are drenched with the blood of your own daughters,” twitted Mahesh Bhatt, a well known film maker.
Famous singer, Shreya Ghoshal, remarked that women are the most disrespected in the country and it is such a deep rooted issue. “It’s in our culture for the sons to display power and dominance.”
For the first time these brutal rape cases have come out in the limelight,
she said, and “we haven’t even counted the innumerable cases of marital rape.”
“RIP to a brave girl who fought in a weak and paralysed country,” says
renowned film director Karan Johar, via his tweet with hashtag of
shame on all of us!
“Her soul shall forever stir our hearts !!!,” legendary Indian actor Amitabh
Bachchan tweeted. Meanwhile Kiran Bedi, a former top police officer, was quoted as saying that focusing on police reforms is the need of this hour.
Every police officer should come together and pledge that complaints of
crime against women would be looked into, she was reported as saying in a daily here.
Reports have said that based on statistics out of 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year, 228,650 cases were related to violence against women.
Todate, 661 rape cases have been reported, a 17 per cent increase from last
Meanwhile, a special Air India flight has left New Delhi to bring back the
body of the victim, who has been given the name of “Amanat,” meaning treasure.
Security has been beefed up in the city centre to clampdown protests in New
Delhi. There have also been calls for protest march from other cities such as
Mumbai and Bangalore.