Video: Bollywood, Leaders express condolences

Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and Shekhar Kapur came forward to express their grief and anger over the death of 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim in a Singapore hospital today, calling it a shameful day for the country.

The victim was taken to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore for further treatment after her condition deteriorated. She was earlier being treated at Delhi’s Safdarjang Hospital after being brutally assaulted on the night of December 16 in South Delhi.

“Amanat, Damini just a name now... her body has passed away, but her soul shall forever stir our hearts!!!,” Amitabh Bachchan posted on Twitter.

His son Abhishek, who has a daughter with wife Aishwarya Rai, said, “I have always been a very proud Indian. Today, we should ALL be ashamed. Will it always take an innocent’s death for a nation to awake? This is not the country I grew up in as a child, this is not the country I want my daughter to know whilst she grows up!”

Singer Lata Mangeshkar said, “Enough is enough. It is not the death of Nirbhaya Damini but the death of humanity in our country. It is time for the government to wake up from its deep slumber and punish the criminals behind this heinous crime.”

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who has been very vocal on the issue, tweeted, “And SHE PASSES AWAY in S’pore RIP. Our impotence stares us in the face. May SHE become the wakeup call our country needs. We must soulsearch

“Safety of women is a prerequisite of a civilised society. We do not want to be deified as goddesses we want equality we demand respect. It is time to reflect, to analyse, to soul search how each segment has been culpable and led to a mindset that makes man treat woman like property (sic).”

“Her greatest betrayal is that we will forget. Political system’s greatest hope is we will forget. Our only redemption is if we do not forget,” said filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.

Mahesh Bhatt: “Shut all temples where you pretend to worship the female form. Cry India! Your hands are drenched with the blood of your own daughters. Woman your silence will not protect you. Speak or be silenced forever. Rage.”

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap said, “I am ashamed.. And sorry. And angry.”

Anupam Kher tweeted, “This is Death of Human Dignity, Death of Being an Indian, Death of Innocence and This is also Death of A System. India is Heart Broken. RIP. This is NOT the time to shut down Metros, India Gate or India. This is the time to Apologise, Say SORRY for letting People down.”

“Why does someone need to be sacrificed to start a revolution? I hope her sacrifice is not in vain!” said Ajay Devgn.

Farhan Akhtar wrote: “Numb. All political parties unwilling to take action against their own members who have insulted and degraded women with sexist comments. Question is if they can’t keep their house clean, how can we expect them to clean society?”

Actor Boman Irani posted, “She was like a soldier of revolution. If forgotten, the shame on us is greater than the one’s we accuse!”

“Our fighter lost the battle of life. Her only fault, she ventured out of the house at night, walking the streets of the national capital expecting to be safe. The day a woman can walk freely on the roads at night is when India will be truly independent. RIP democracy!” tweeted Akshay Kumar.

“RIP to a brave girl who fought in a weak and paralysed country... shame on all of us!” said Karan Johar.

Actress Bipasha Basu said, “Disheartened and disturbed! Rip the braveheart girl!”

“Please don’t let her tragic death be in vain. RIP Nirbhaya. This has been our country’s most shameful moment. I hope we can atone for what has been done. If there is a time for a “band”, a day of mourning, then it’s today. Not only for this braveheart but also for all unsung victims of such heinous crimes,” tweeted Sonam Kapoor.

Actor Arjun Rampal tweeted, “Amanat has died and has left this country to hang its head down in shame. I sincerely do hope there will be redemption for her soul.”

“RIP Damini, today is a dark day in our democracy. We should pledge not to let dust settle on this fight till the end,” said filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh tweeted, “Just heard the braveheart girl is no more. True fighter. Sad it takes a tragedy for us to wake up. Prayers with the family.”

“RIP dear one. I feel like a part of me died today,” actress Dia Mirza said.

(This article was published on December 29, 2012)
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