Twitteratti mourn Delhi girl's death

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 18:00 hrs

Mumbai/New Delhi, Dec 29 (IBNS): Celebrities from different sections of the society on Saturday joined rest of the nation to condole the death of the Delhi gangrape victim and posted their reactions on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Minister of State for Human Resources Development Shashi Tharoor posted on his Twitter homepage: "Deeply saddened by the passing of our brave sister in Singapore. She waged a courageous battle for life&galvanized a cause that will not die."

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah posted a small tweet that read: "Rest in Peace brave one."

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said: "Her death has shaken the conscience of the nation. We must wake up and make India safe for daughters."

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi also mourned tweeting: "Deeply saddened and distressed by the news of India´s braveheart daughter passing away. My deepest condolences with her family."

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal said the death of the Delhi gangrape victim was a matter of ´shame and sorrow for all´.

"Her death is a matter of shame and sorrow for all of us. Let´s resolve that we will not let her death go in vain," Kejriwal tweeted.

"May God give strength to her family to face this loss," Kejriwal said.

The social activist turned politician tweeted: "Aren´t we all responsible for her death? Can we all now do something so that half of humanity starts feeling safe amongst us?"

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan said: "T 974 - ´Amanat´, ´Damini´ just a name now .. her body has passed away, but her soul shall shall forever stir our hearts !!!"

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan tweeted: "(1) We couldn´t save u but wot a big voice u have, u brave little girl.That voice is telling us that rape is not an aberration,not a mistake."

"(2) Rape embodies sexuality as our culture & society has defined it. i am so sorry that i am a part of this society and culture," he said.

The actor tweeted: "(3) I am so sorry that I am a man.I promise I will fight with ur voice. I will respect women, so that I gain my daughter´s respect."

Spiritual leader and founder of ´The Art of Living´ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar posted "Today on Nirbhaya´s death, let every man promise the departed soul that such heinous crimes will never be allowed to be repeated."

Legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar tweeted: "Enough is enough. Nirbhay damini ki mrityu nahi hui hai,humare desh ki insaaniyat ki mrityu hui hai ,ye waqt hai ki humari sarkar ab to geheri neend se jaage aur in pashutulya balatkaario´n ko jald se jald, kadi se kadi saza de,sirf aasu bahana aur bolna ab band karein (The humanity of our country died with the death of Nirbhay Damini. Its is time for our government to wake up from deep sleep and strictly punish the inhuman culprits. They should now stop speaking and also stop shedding tears)."

Filmmaker and actor Farhan Akhtar said: "All political parties unwilling to take action against their own members who have insulted and degraded women with sexist comments. Question is if they can´t keep their house clean, how can we expect them to clean society?"

Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen tweeted: "Why do ppl hv to hv a ´peaceful´ protest today?There´s nothing peaceful about her (victim) death.If ppl are not angry today,when would they be angry?"

Actress Ayesha Takia said: "A huge movement n awakening of all good indian citizens. I hope n pray that finally the voice of people is heard!"

Actress Sandhya Mridul tweeted: "We say Rest in peace but can she ..? Can we ?! Let this not be forgotten! Let this not go to waste!"

Tennis star Sania Mirza said: "Its a black day for India..Nirbhaya was a symbol of awoman´s fighting spirit and I hope atleast now our leaders will wake up and take charge."

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh tweeted: "Heartbreaking to hear about damini ! Rip braveheart of india !"

Filmmaker Karan Johar wrote on his Twitter homepage: "RIP to a brave girl who fought in a weak and paralysed country.......#shameonallofus!"

Actor Shahid Kapoor said "The innocent dies while the guilty still live ..... Shameful day sad day .... Reality staring us in our faces .... We need CHANGE."

Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen tweeted: "Rest in peace my brave one. May God give your family the strength to live with this painful loss. Your life n truth won´t be forgotten."

"WE WANT JUSTICE n not Revenge. Justice will set a president to prevent such horrific acts from happening again..revenge will end with her," she said.

Writer Shobhaa De reacted angrily to the death of 23-year-old victim and tweeted: "Nirbhaya - fearless daughter of India.R.I.P. Dirty games played by Delhi politicians.Flying critical girl to Singapore was just an eyewash."

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said like a pressure cooker, anger of people boils within.

"Not allowing people to grieve openly for Her on streets, state risks violent explosion," he said in a Twitter post reacting to the restrictions on Delhi roads and at India Gate against any protest.

Supercop turned social activist Kiran Bedi said: "Let this sacrifice day be called NIRBHAY DAY (Day of Fearlessness) where all cops led by their seniors resolve that no complaint from any woman will go unattended!"

Senior journalist Pritish Nandy tweeted: "Spineless leaders of India: Remember, this not over. The fight will carry on... This flame will not die."

Actor Ajay Devgn demanded hanging of the rapists.

"Why does someone need to be sacrificed to start a revolution? I hope her sacrifice is not in vain! The bastards should be hanged! Jai hind!," he tweeted.

Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan is one actor who appeared deeply disturbed.

"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!" he wrote.

Former Indian army chief V K Singh was angry too.

He tweeted: "We must cut across party lines and society as a whole must come together to somehow stop this carnage.The laws are already there - it is our absolute failure to implement them that has brought us to this abyss."

Leading news channels also decided to pay their tributes in their own way.

"We will not be covering the young girl´s funeral or interviewing relatives or descending on her hometown. Death must be marked in other ways," posted Barkha Dutt of NDTV.

CNN IBN editor Rajdeep Sardesai said there would be no entertainment/infotainment shows on the network.

"Just voices seeking change. angry, but peaceful," he said.

Apart from celebrities, common people of the country also reacted angrily to the death of the 23-year-old victim.

One Aysha Taryam tweeted: "My blood is boiling. Delhi gangrape victim dies of organ failure."

One netizen Zeyba Rehman said: "This is just so sad...Delhi gangrape victim dies after battling for life for over 12 days."

Another Rafat Ali called the incident a ´disaster´.

Reacting on the death of the Delhi girl, one Sitaksh Chhabra tweeted: "We know who did what. No need to tell."

The 23-year-old Delhi girl, whose brutal gang-rape on a moving bus on Dec 16 triggered nationwide protests, died in a hospital in Singapore early on Saturday (Indian time 2-15 am) after her vital organs failed.

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