The film fraternity expressed anger and grief over the death of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim who passed away on Saturday morning in a Singapore hospital.
The struggle for survival and death of the paramedical student, who was gangraped and assaulted brutally a fortnight ago, has left the nation in shock. The incident which spawned protest across India has put heavy pressure on the UPA government to act immediately on the issue. As the nation mourns her death, Bollywood celebrities, who raised their voices in solidarity over the girl's brave fight, expressed their grief.
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted "'Amanat', 'Damini' just a name now .. her body has passed away, but her soul shall shall forever stir our hearts !!!(sic)."
"This is Death of Human Dignity, Death of Being an Indian, Death of Innocence and This is also Death of A System. India is Heart Broken. RIP," Actor and social activist Anupam Kher wrote.
"RIP to a brave girl who fought in a weak and paralysed country.......#shameonallofus!(sic)," wrote Filmmaker Karan Johar.
Music director Vishal Dadlani said "She's gone. RIP. Don't let her struggle be in vain. If the protests turn violent, all the momentum/credibility built up so far will be lost. She fought till her last breath. We must stay strong and peaceful in an effort to take her battle to it's conclusion. STRONG RAPE LAWS,NOW!(sic)."
The writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar tweeted "We, the mute spectators of violence towards women at home and at public places Are we also not responsible for what is happening (sic)."
"Disheartened and disturbed! Rip the braveheart girl!(sic)," Bipasha Basu said.
Director Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted, "RIP Damini, today is a dark day in our democracy. We should pledge not to let dust settle on this fight till the end."
Table maestro Zakir Hussain wrote," My heart goes out to the family of the rape victim girl, I pray that her passing will not be in vain, it is time to look at the devil in us..."
"A young girl's life maliciously cut short, her hopes n dreams never to be realized. This must be society's wake up call to fight for justice! Prayers for the family who have endured so much grief. RIP Damini," tweeted Vivek Oberoi.
"Our fighter lost the battle of life. Her only fault, she ventured out of the house at night, walking the streets of the national capital expecting to be safe. The day a woman can walk freely on the roads at night is when India will be truly independent. RIP democracy!,"Akshay Kumar wrote.