RIP Priyanka Reddy: Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan and other Bollywood Stars Ask for Justice
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RIP Priyanka Reddy: Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan and other Bollywood Stars Ask for Justice

Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar and many other Bollywood celebrities have spoken up for 27-year-old Priyanka Reddy, who was brutally raped and murdered in India.

There is fury and outrage in India over the brutal rape and murder of Priyanka Reddy. The 27-year-old veterinarian was gang raped, murdered and burnt by four men who were helping her with a punctured tyre. Her charred body was found dumped near Shadnagar town in Hyderabad, India. Netizens are currently expressing their shock and grief over the horrific incident using the hashtags #PriyankaReddy and #JusticeforPriyanka. Several Bollywood stars have also joined them and are speaking up for improving safety of women in India. Here’s what some of them said:
Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) demanded stricter laws against rape, “Whether it is #PriyankaReddy in Hyderabad, #Roja in Tamil Nadu or the law student gangraped in Ranchi, we seem to be losing it as a society. It has been 7 yrs to the gut-wrenching #Nirbhaya case & our moral fabric continues to be in pieces. We need stricter laws.This needs to STOP!”



Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) tweeted, “When will this stop??? Sickened to read about #DrPriyankaReddy  Prayers with her family and near & dear ones. We can’t and we mustn’t go on like this. Something has to be done. And fast!!! #RIPPriyanakaReddy.”


Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) shared a long post on the incident by Varun Shah and wrote, “I support Capital punishment for rapists! This has to stop!”


Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) wrote on Twitter, “What those men did to #Priyanka_Reddy is another dark reminder of how unsafe we’ve allowed our society to become by not delivering swift and telling justice in these cases..! Heart goes out to her family in their hours of unimaginable grief.” He also responded to Rishi Kapoor’s tweet, saying, “The 4 convicted rapists/killers of Jyoti Singh were given capital punishment. It has now been 7 years. They are still alive. That’s how grindingly slow the wheels of justice on a (fast-tracked!!) case that shook this country to its core have turned. It’s pathetic. @chintskap”


Richa Chadha (@RichaChadha) wrote, “Her only crime was she trusted these men who promised to fix her scooty. Perpetrators are given the harshest punishment, they don’t belong in society. They won her trust and then brutalised her. Treated her like a thing, not a human being. Condolences to family #priyanakareddy.”


Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) also expressed her shock, “Shocked. Saddened. UTTERLY DISGUSTED!!! My thoughts and prayers to the family of Dr. Priyanka Reddy. #PriyankaReddy.”
 

Veere Di Wedding actress Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) posted, “Just reading about the horrific #PriyankaReddy gangrape case. Numbed & shocked that as a society we continue to display our brutality! Instead of our humanity uniting us across religious & creed divisions, it seems our monstrosity unites us! Shame!!! #JusticeForPriyankaReddy.”
 

Kaabil actress Yami Gautam wrote, “Anger, sorrow ,shock ..how could these inhuman, unimaginable crimes against women still happen despite such strong uproar & awareness ! Do these demons have no fear of punishment or law,,Where are we going wrong & lagging behind as a system & as a society,,,#JusticeForPriyankaReddy.”
 

Yaariyan actress Rakul Singh (@Rakulpreet) said, “I don’t even know how to react about the #Priyankareddy incident. It’s high time we as a nation instill fear in people’s minds so no one dares to even think about committing a crime so horrific .. #JusticeForPriyankaReddy.”
 

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) tweeted, “I feel numb and deeply anguished to read about the inhuman crime against Doctor Priyanka Reddy. The culprits should be given Stringent punishment for this heinous crime. #RIPPriyankaReddy #JusticeForPriyankaReddy.”
 

Munna Michael actress Nidhhi Agerwal (@AgerwalNidhhi) said, “This has saddened me to my core. Human being inhumane. This needs to stop. This is what we know of, imagine how many cases we don’t know about. Women or men, every individual needs to be treated with basic respect. These men deserved to be punished. #JusticeForPriyankaReddy.”
 

Director Kunal Kohli (@kunalkohli) wrote, “Absolutely shocked & disgusted at this news. Heartbreaking & shameful. Safety of our women & children has to be our prime concern & agenda. The monsters that commit these crimes should be fast tracked the death penalty. #JusticeForPriyankaReddy #RIPPriyankaReddy.”
 

Indian singer Armaan Malik (@ArmaanMalik22) tweeted, “Again marches will happen, candles will be lit but what’s the point, nothing has changed & nothing will! The same story repeats again & again, it’s just crushingly sad. No words left.. #PriyankaReddy you did not deserve this, your life was precious.”
 

South Indian actor Allu Sirish (@AlluSirish) posted, “I am extremely sad, angry and then feel helpless. I hope our collective anger results in justice for Priyanka, but also ensures more safety measures for women. #JusticeForPriyankaReddy.”
 

Indian television actor Karanvir Bohra (@KVBohra) wrote, “I'm so disturbed and shocked at What has happened to #PriyankaReddy This happening in my country angers me, makes my blood boil. The punishment to these murderers and rapists should be so severe for such a heinous crime. #RIPPriyankaReddy.”
 

Filmmaker Onir (@IamOnir), quoting Priyanka’s last words to her sister on the phone, wrote, “Devastating... so brutal. The culprits must be given the harshest possible punishment. #Priyankareddy I am scared': Murdered Hyderabad vet’s last phone call with sister | The News Minute.”
 

Telugu actor Akhil Akkineni (@AkhilAkkineni8) wrote, “Disturbed to the core regarding the news of #Priyankareddy how many more ? Seriously needs to stop. India needs to put a stop to this ! Our women need to feel safe for heavens sake! #RIPPriyankaReddy.”
 

Many people are comparing Priyanka’s rape to the 2012 Nirbhaya case, which also sent shockwaves in India and around the world due to the intense violence involved. As protests and rallies are being organised across India, four men have been arrested for this incident. They have confessed to the crime, which was pre-planned, and will be presented in court. Several lawyers have refused to fight in favour of the accused and angry protestors are demanding swift action, with severe and public punishment for the alleged culprits.

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