The cruel and evil acts of sexual offenders have grabbed more eyeballs now than ever, courtesy the utterly detailed and nauseating account of the eight-year-old Asifa, who was brutally tortured, raped, starved and eventually murdered and found in a holy shrine. This harrowing incident has served as a wakeup call for a lot of common folk and celebrities alike, who had no qualms about taking it to the street to express their intolerance.
But, guess who didn’t even want this issue to be discussed in their presence as, in their words, it’s too disgusting to even talk about? Ironically, the Bollywood legend who is also the face of the Indian Government’s “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” mission, the so-called “Mahanayak” that is Amitabh Bachchan!
It so happened that during a movie song launch event, when a reporter asked to comment on the issue that has clearly taken the nation by storm, guess what did the man allegedly say? Apparently, his exact words were, “Even discussing this issue feels disgusting, don’t bring up this issue. It is terrible to even talk about it.”
There is a possibility that the reason behind not talking about the major issue at hand is noble, but let’s not forget that this is a MAJOR issue and it’s of the nature that should concern any civil citizen for that matter, especially to the ones who have more often than not been vocal about the angst that they feel towards such monsters who look at the members of our female population in a way that’s discomforting, to say the least.
So, given the current scenario, NO, Mr. Bachchan, this is NOT done! Someone of your stature and position in the society must speak up. Why so? Because this tiny initiative on your end could give a survivor or the family of a victim a hope for justice which, as you know this much better than us, is a very rare phenomenon.
Adding to the irony, Mr. Bachchan here was also a part of the very film that intended to empower the better half of our society against their tormentors (PINK)
So, Mr, Bachchan, quoting one of the lines that Deepak Sehgal (Mr. Bachchan’s character in PINK, for the uninitiated) used in the courtroom, No means no! No is not just a word. It’s a sentence.
So, Bachchan Saab, take our simple disagreement with you action of publicly dodging a crucial matter as our full-fledged outrage on the same, which we hope that you make up for in due course of time, and by that we mean NOW!
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