Kathua and Unnao rapes: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Renuka Shahane demand justice

Two of the most horrifying rape cases in recent times have shaken India. The alleged murder and rape of an 8-year-old Kashmiri girl in Kathua and the alleged rape of a seventeen-year-old by a BJP MLA in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh have sparked much outrage. Bollywood celebrities, too, have spoken against the atrocities and expressed their solidarity.

 Kathua and Unnao rapes: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Renuka Shahane demand justice

Lawyers protesting in Jammu and Kashmir. Image from Twitter/@DhingraSanya

Celebrities have also called out 'fake Hindu nationalists' who were opposing the making of a chargesheet in the Kathua rape case. It was only after members of the Bakarwal tribe, which the victim was a part of, took to the streets to protest that the chargesheet was filed.

In Unnao, the survivor's father died in police custody after he reportedly urged the force to register a case against the accused. The survivor has now been going from pillar to pillar, while living in the fear of losing her uncle, too.

Members of the Indian film fraternity have condemned two rape incidents — in Kathua and Unnao — which have sent shockwaves across the country. Celebrities like Javed Akhtar, Farhan Akhtar and Nimrat Kaur and have called it a gut-wrenching, horrendous and disgusting act, for which they have demanded justice.

Here's what the celebrities tweeted:

Javed Akhtar: All those who wish justice for women should stand up and raise their voices against the rapists and their protectors in Unnao and Kathua.

Tisca Chopra: So pained to read about Unnao and Kathua rapes... How strongly the government responds will be its true test. At least I won't vote for them coming elections if they don't take action this time.

Farhan Akhtar: Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8-year-old as she is drugged, held captive, gang-raped over days and then murdered. If you don't feel her terror, you are not human. If you don't demand ***** get justice, you belong to nothing.

Renuka Shahane: The religion of the victim and the religion of the rapist should never matter! It is of no consequence! Rape is a crime against humanity! Appalled that some people can actually support rapists! Shocked beyond belief! RIP humanity!

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Updated Date: Apr 15, 2018 23:02:36 IST