Bollywood mourns gangrape victim's death, demands justice
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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 on Saturday, 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 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 innocents 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 Nirbhay 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 soul search.
"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).