"It is very sad and hurtful" Amitabh Bachchan

Even as the city reels under shock after the gang rape of a 22 year old photo-journalist, Amitabh Bachchan comments on the sad story.

Friday, August 23, 2013 | 7:18:52 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Today morning's newspapers carried the chilling story of the rape of a 23 year old photojournalist working with an English magazine who was assigned to do a story on old chawls in the city. In a scary reminder of the Delhi gang rape, 2 men tied up the victims friend, assaulted him while 3 men raped the young girl. This happened in daylight at an abandoned mills compound in the heart of the city. The victim is supposed to be in a bad condition at a city hospital while as per the latest news, Mumbai police have managed to capture two of the accused.

Every person reading the news was in a state of shock and many expressed their sentiments openly. Celebs and actors were not far behind and social media sites were abuzz with emotions and opinions.

Amongst all this, life goes on and so is the case with our entertainment industry which had to go on with its regular events. At one such promotional event for KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati) on Sony TV, host Amitabh Bachchan too was asked by media persons about the incident and his reaction too was one of deep hurt and regret. Said Mr. Bachchan, "It is very sad and hurtful that a 22 year old girl was raped and abused and that too during the day at a central location in Mumbai." 

Comparing it with the Delhi incident he added, "All this time we thought that Mumbai is a safer city as compared to Delhi and that in Mumbai a woman's rights are protected and her respect is held intact but that myth has been shattered. This incident has proved us wrong."

What does he think should be the action taken? "Those criminals should be caught at the earliest and severely punished. Till they are not punished these things will be repeated."

Citing the Nirbhaya case, Mr. Bachchan stated, "The Nirbhaya case in Delhi happened 7 months back but still action has not been taken. And for justice to happen he feels that action should be taken fast, There is a law in place but it should be enforced too and action should be taken fast so that people know what will happen to them when they commit a crime."

On a long term basis, Mr. Bachchan feels, "First of all law and order should be in place. Finding the criminals and punishing them soon is the best solution. The society should work on its thinking and change its outlook towards women. It should be best achieved through education or maybe through lectures by eminent personalities who can influence the masses."

At the end, Mr. Bachchan also evoked emotions as he said, "We all have just celebrated Raksha Bandhan couple of days back wherein sisters have tied rakhis to their brothers who have in turn vowed to protect them. It is not necessary to tie rakhi to real brothers only and sometimes boys get rakhis tied by other girls too and pledge to safeguard their respect. We come from such an Indian culture and follow such respectable traditions and then we hear all this! Why is everyone forgetting our culture and traditions? Why are people doing this? It is inexplicable and very sad!"

He hoped that media continues to play their role promptly, "Media keeps everyone informed about what happens where and we hope that they continue doing so henceforth too. They should keep up with the good work and we should soon find a solution to this problem," he ended.

Just like Mr. Bachchan we too feel that this is a serious problem which should be treated from the roots and a drastic solution needs to be found soon. Will someone from the Indian television take an initiative to begin with?

Seema Khot Mattoo

(with inputs from Ruchika Singh)

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Posted on: 27 August 2013 at 12:11am
In Muslim countries the rape rate is 0%, or at least the conviction rate is 0%!
HOLD YOUR HORSES! Before you all start to rush over to a Muslim country, let me tell you a small fact, TO REGISTER A COMPLAINT ABOUT RAPE, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE 2 WITNESSES WHO SAW THE RAPE BEING COMMITTED!
I don't mean to be facetious about this seriously heart-rendering and disturbing crime which is akin to murder, But I have heard people on TV and Radio saying that rape doesn't happen in countries like Saudi Arabia so I did some investigation and found out about requirement of 2 witnesses to register complaint of rape...

Edited on:27 August 2013 at 12:14am

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Posted on: 25 August 2013 at 11:01am
worst thing is that in our country marital rape is not an offense!!! disgusting!! its so sick! its like husbands have all the rights to rape you!!! WTH?!! when will marital rape be criminalised and punished!!! most of the married women go through this torture!! but due to society pressure and weak laws, they cant do anything about it!!

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Posted on: 24 August 2013 at 5:42pm
wow this is soo disgusting
women are not safe wherever they go
the girl was probably focusing on her work when these idiots decided to rape her
what are they going to get out of it anyways
they should be ashamed of themselves

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Posted on: 24 August 2013 at 1:59pm
Age old politicians are resting their old age securely with peoples money, doing nothing. They can rest well, as they are doing nothing. Why human welfare/right association / court is not at all filing any case against such simply sitting actions of the govt. Are they not negligent? Have they taken reasonable precuations in doing their duty: They are receiving salary and all other perks & bebefits for what:?Who are they answerable to? Nirbhaya's case was a solved mystery with all the accused where in front of all? But nothing happened.

People are getting encouraged by such hineous crime. Others want to try the same, they are getting motivated to do rapes. In view of this, and age old resting govt, who is a walking ambulance in itself, is good for nothing. They can;t stand or walk without the help of others, how come they will support us.
Politicians and responsible police / law people shall be punished alongwith rapists for the crime, as justice delayed, itself is a crime.Is it not punishable?

One day common people will unite & that will be last day of such politicians & rapists.

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Posted on: 24 August 2013 at 10:02am
It is a nasty thing to say but if only a politician. chief minister or a judges daughter were to get gang raped then you will SEE how fast the police and wheels of justice will move...
With lightening speed the culprits will be found, fast track court hearing, no delaying tactics by defense lawyer will be allowed and then the culprits will be HANGED!

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Posted on: 24 August 2013 at 6:44am
I have seen so many posts blaming the government, I think why does no one blames the rapists and those who made them think raping is OK, that too gang raping. Why is no one saying that people who were there around did nothing, how much would it have cost them to call the police or help.

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Posted on: 24 August 2013 at 4:20am
this rapist never stop untill goverment not take any strick rule jail is like home for them then know one day they come out again

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Posted on: 24 August 2013 at 12:42am
i believe politician will never take severe actions against rape as they themselves are rapist

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Posted on: 23 August 2013 at 11:54pm
Its so so very disheartening to see such events happening..
such bas***ds should be castrated lynched to death and burnt alive..
nothing shorter than this not even life sentence will satisfy us!!

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Posted on: 23 August 2013 at 11:44pm
Shame shame shame
Oh god have mercy , may the mother of this earth feel safe once again in her life .

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