Three days after toddler Twinkle Sharma went missing in Aligarh her mutilated and burnt body was found in a dumping ground in Tappal, Aligarh district, Uttar Pradesh, on June 2. Twinkle, aged between 2.5 to 3 years, was brutally murdered by accused Mohammed Zahid, according to reports. The motive behind the murder was a meagre sum of Rs 10,000 that Twinkle's parents owed Zahid.
Bollywood has reacted with shock after the 2.5-year-old's murder in Aligarh. Zahid and his accomplice Aslam were arrested on June 4 by the Aligarh Police, who have as of now ruled out rape. Zahid reportedly admitted to killing the child by choking her with a dupatta (stole). The child's partially burnt body was found in a bag with her eyes gouged out.
The murder has sent shockwaves across the country, with some people giving a communal angle to it, including actress Koena Mitra. Bollywood actors like Abhishek Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Raveena Tandon, Sunny Leone, Sidharth Malhotra, Gul Panag, Twinke Khanna, Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh, Boman Irani, Arjun Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and some others have reacted strongly to the heinous act.
Some people on Twitter questioned the silence of Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Swara Bhasker on the murder case, when the actresses were pictured holding placards during the Kathua rape case of Ashifa. Sonam Kapoor posted a fresh message but got further trolled, even by filmmaker Ashoke Pandit. It is sad that the two cases of Twinkle Sharma and Asifa are being given a communal angle.
Here's what Bollywood celebrities have said on Twitter after the Twinkle Sharma murder came to light:
Akshay Kumar: Horrified, upset and angry to know about baby #TwinkleSharma! This is definitely not the kind of world we want for our children. We need immediate and strictest punishment for such a heinous crime. #JusticeForTwinkle.
Twinke Khanna: It is heartbreaking to hear about the horrific murder of the two and a half year old little girl In Aligarh. I would request @smritiirani to ensure that swift action is taken against the perpetrators of this heinous crime. #JusticeForTwinkle.
Sonam Kapoor: What has happened to baby twinkle is. Heartbreaking and horrific. I pray for her and her family. I also urge people to not make this into a selfish agenda. This is a little girls death, not a reason to spread your hate.
Raveena Tandon: The horrible, barbaric rape,murder of a 3 year old In Aligarh,the criminals,who gouged her eyes, mutilated her body,depraved evil,inhuman & barbaric. Must Hang. The law must act fast! #justicefortwinkle @smritiirani #twinklesharma.
Abhishek Bachchan: Just so disgusted and angered hearing about #TwinkleSharma. How can somebody even think of doing such a thing?!?! Speechless....
Ayushmann Khurrana: This is inhuman and barbaric.. My prayers for her family. Justice must be served! #TwinkleSharma.
Sidharth Malhotra: Extremely disturbed by the news of #TwinkleSharma. It's scary to be living in a world where even innocent children are not safe. I urge our authorities to take action to ensure that such a heinous crime is never repeated again! #JusticeForTwinkleSharma.
Gul Panag: That we live in a country where even toddlers aren't safe, fills me with horror. That #TwinkleSharma had a her life snatched away in this cruel, barbaric manner, makes me feel capital punishment is not enough for the sick, depraved culprit who did this to her.
Sunny Leone: Im sorry Twinkle that you had to you live in a world where Humans no longer understand Humanity!!!! May God look over you for Eternity as you are an Angel !!!! #ImSorry.
Sanjay Dutt: Disturbed and hurt to hear the news about #TwinkleSharma. I urge our authorities to take necessary action! #JusticeForTwinkle.
Anupam Kher: Angry, horrified, ashamed and deeply saddened beyond words at the barbaric rape of the three year old #TwinkleSharma. The rapist should be hanged in public. No other punishment is enough for this heinous crime. I demand #JusticeForTwinkleSharma .
Arjun Kapoor: The barbaric rape and murder of #TwinkleSharma is a shame on humanity. Justice must be served.
Riteish Deshmukh: Deeply pained, saddened & shocked. We as a society have failed little #TwinkleSharma - my heart goes out to her family & loved ones. What kind of an unsafe world are we creating for our children. Strictest punishment & immediate justice is the only way to reduce these crimes.
Genelia Deshmukh: It's horrific, I am absolutely angered by what's happening to the women and more so the little girls in our country.. #TwinkleSharma we have failed you and a zillion like you time and time again .. people responsible of such crimes should be hanged publicly.. Can't imagine the plight and the pain of #TwinkleSharma's family and loved ones.. I'm so so sorry #JusticeForTwinkleSharma .
Boman Irani: Is our planet spinning in the opposite direction? Is this what humans were meant to be? Whatever the answer. NO PUNISHMENT IS TOO HARSH. #JusticeForTwinkleSharma #TwinkleSharma .
The Aligarh Police is posting latest updates on the case on social media. The latest Aligarh Police statement on the Twinkle Sharma murder case is as follows.
What has happened to baby twinkle is. Heartbreaking and horrific. I pray for her and her family. I also urge people to not make this into a selfish agenda. This is a little girls death, not a reason to spread your hate.— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) 7 June 2019
#JusticeForTwinkle@aajtak @abpnewshindi @ndtv @ANINewsUP @BBCBreaking @ZeeNews @WeUttarPradesh @ANINewsUP @NDTV_24X7 @TimesNow @timesofindia @brajeshlive @WeUttarPradesh @dibang @chitraaum @anjanaomkashyap @Uppolice @dgpup @adgzoneagra @digrangealigarh pic.twitter.com/UKz7nGpd6t— ALIGARH POLICE (@aligarhpolice) 7 June 2019
Dear Women, you can change the world by not giving birth to morons. When you can't raise them, don't create them!— Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) 6 June 2019
Dear lawmakers, we need dangerous punishments for Acid attacks and Rapes. Crimes against girls should come to an end!!#JusticeForTwinkle #Aligarh #TwinkleSharma pic.twitter.com/vuxbgfcG5S
Hindus have the responsibility to remain secular I guess, hence no outrage for you.— Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) 6 June 2019
I am Hindustan.
A proud Hindu.
I'm not liberal enough to support your Rapists.
I'm no secular from today. With you and yours.... #TwinkleSharma #Aligarh #Mohammedjahid pic.twitter.com/W58PlUVy8o
Angry, horrified, ashamed and deeply saddened beyond words at the barbaric rape of the three year old #TwinkleSharma. The rapist should be hanged in public. No other punishment is enough for this heinous crime. I demand #JusticeForTwinkleSharma . pic.twitter.com/7EwCTQxsUh— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) 6 June 2019
आज दिनांक- 08-06-2019 को @sspaligarh @ips06akash महोदय द्वारा थाना टप्पल क्षेत्र में हुए ए लिटिल गर्ल मर्डर केस मे अपहरण व हत्या के सभी आरोपी गिरफ्तार, के सम्बन्ध में दी गयी बाईट ।@Uppolice @dgpup @adgzoneagra @digrangealigarh pic.twitter.com/p5fMeoPEfu
— ALIGARH POLICE (@aligarhpolice) 8 June 2019