A candlelight vigil in protest in New Delhi of Kathua and Unnao rape
A candlelight vigil in protest in New Delhi of Kathua and Unnao rapeIANS

Superstar Kamal Haasan, Prakash Raj, Taapsee Pannu and a host of celebs from the south Indian film industry have condemned the brutal rape and murder of 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district and demanded justice for her.

The girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had reported missing from near her house January 10. A week later, her body was found near the house. A special investigation team has arrested 8 people in connection to the brutal rape and murder of the girl.

The Bar Association of Jammu (BAJ) has opposed the action against the accused saying that minority Dogras are being targeted. On the other hand, many BJP supporters have reportedly abandoned their tough stand on sexual violence on the basis of religious prejudice. The religious angle to the brutal rape and murder case has sparked a hot debate in India. And many celebs from south India have now expressed their views.

Priyadarshi: Rapists, murderers and a section of society that's backing them! What a morally bankrupt society we are living in...

Gutta Jwala: We as country have become the greatest audience in the world We r not able to stand for an 8 yr old girl who was tortured for days n raped!!how does it matter what religion she belongs to? If we don't stand up now..when will we?? I am sick to my stomach right now I hope for the sake of our faith in the system...justice is done.. #UnnaoHorror #UniteForHumanity #humanityfirst #UnnaoRapeCase We as a nation have allowed this...this sick men who thought they could do such thing to an eight year old n get away!! We have allowed it!!! #disgusted #wakeuptime

Sania Mirza: Is this really the kind of country we we want to be known as to the world today ?? If we can't stand up now for this 8 year old girl regardless of our gender,caste,colour or religion then we don't stand for anything in this world.. not even humanity.. makes me sick to the stomach.