Responding as one to the killing of a three-year-old child in Aligarh, Bollywood celebrities say justice must be served and the guilty punished with some calling for capital punishment. Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Javed Akhtar and Sunny Leone are among those who expressed their anguish at the killing of the child earlier this week.
The mutilated body of the girl, missing since May 31, was found in a garbage dump on June 2, police said, suspecting that the brutal killing was a fallout of a monetary dispute. Hashtags with the child’s name were trending on Twitter with an estimated 56,000 tweets on the horrific case that shook the nation.
Two persons have been arrested in connection with the crime and the police said they will charge the duo under the National Security Act. Akshay said he is feeling “horrified, upset and angry” and demanded strict action in the case. “… This is definitely not the kind of world we want for our children. We need immediate and strictest punishment for such a heinous crime,” he wrote on Twitter.
His wife, actor-author Twinkle Khanna, also expressed outrage over the incident and appealed to Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani to ensure that justice is done. “It is heartbreaking to hear about the horrific murder of the two and a half year old little girl In Aligarh. I would request @smritiirani to ensure that swift action is taken against the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” she tweeted.
“Just so disgusted and angered hearing about (victim). How can somebody even think of doing such a thing?!?! Speechless…” Abhishek tweeted. Arjun Kapoor wrote that the barbaric rape and murder is a shame on humanity. “Justice must be served,” he said. Describing the killing as “inhuman and barbaric”, Ayushmann Khurrana echoed him and said he extends his condolences to the victim’s family.
“What has happened to baby is heartbreaking and horrific. I pray for her and her family. I also urge people to not make this into a selfish agenda. This is a little girls death, not a reason to spread your hate,” she wrote on Twitter. Huma Qureshi said, “I’m sorry my little sister. We could not protect you …. This makes me so angry and so sick… This is beyond barbaric. The law must act fast. We want the highest punishment for these sick perverts.”
Actor Raveena Tandon also tagged Irani in her posted as she demanded death sentence for the culprits. “The horrible, barbaric rape,murder of a 3-year-old in Aligarh. The criminals, who gouged her eyes, mutilated her body, (are) depraved, evil, inhuman and barbaric. Must Hang. The law must act fast,” she wrote.
Bollywood came together last year as well when there was widespread outrage against the barbaric rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, and the sexual assault of another young girl in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.