Javed Akhtar, Paresh Rawal React to Lynching Cases
Veteran film celebrities Javed Akhtar and Paresh Rawal have condemned the lynching of a police officer in Srinagar and another incident in Haryana, asking people to think where are we going.
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"Lynching of an officer in Kashmir and four innocent Muslims in Haryana. Brothers and sisters, we all need to think calmly where are we going," Akhtar tweeted on Saturday.
Lynching of an officer in Kashmir n four innocent Muslims in Haryana. Brothers n sisters We all need to think calmly where are we going .— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) June 24, 2017
A mob had stripped and lynched 57-year-old Deputy Superintendent of Police Muhammad Ayub Pandit, in a grand mosque of Srinagar, triggering widespread outrage; while a teenager was killed and three of his friends injured in an attack by a group of persons in a train in Haryana.
When a social media user questioned Akhtar: "Officer was just a officer... But that four people were Muslims... Where we are going Javed ji?", the celebrated writer responded: "That officer's name was Ayub but what matters is that he was a police officer who was lynched by a Muslim mob in Kashmir."
That officer's name was Ayub but what matters is that he was a police officer who was lynched by a Muslim mob in Kashmir— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) June 24, 2017
BJP MP Paresh Rawal wrote: "Muhammad Ayub is lynched just outside mosque on Friday and in the holy month of Ramadan. For Muhammad Ayub, where are award wapsi jerks and liberal louts and the whole termite clan?"
Mohammad Ayub is lynched just— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) June 23, 2017
Outside mosque ,on Friday n in the holy month of Ramadan !
Jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali, who often comments on social issues, reacted: "We are living in times where mobs are taking the law into their own hands lynching innocents be it Dadri, Rajasthan or Kashmir, etc. Sad times.
We the liberals r all here Mr Rawal.The question is be it Dadri, Rajasthan Kashmir etc where are d law enforcers? Why dont u condemn them https://t.co/qVB1HPhkI0— Farah Khan (@FarahKhanAli) June 24, 2017
"We the liberals are all here Mr Rawal. The question is, be it Dadri, Rajasthan Kashmir, etc, where are the law enforcers? Why don't you condemn them?"
Meanwhile, filmmaker Onir said: "It's a shame... What we are turning into."
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