Bollywood celebrities might take time to freely express their opinion on rampant rapes in India, but Indian athletes have come out strongly and spoken against the grim situation. From Saina Nehwal to Mary Kom and now even Jwala Gutta have spoken out.
On Saturday, Jwala tweeted:
"The situation has become so bad that public figures are scared to even condemn rape because then our dear trollers and bhakts will start calling them anti-national. " - Jwala Gutta
But surprise, surprise! Jwala almost predicted her future.
Soon after her tweet, an army of trolls (as she pointed out) started questioning her ‘selective outrage’. Some even told her to update her knowledge because somehow the recent ordinance in favour of death penalty for rapists of children below 12 years of age, has suddenly stopped all rapes!
Bhai ordinance kya hota hai Pata Hai... I think u didn't read the news or u don't know the meaning of ordinance. Sojao chacha— Iyaz Ibrahim (@IyazIbrahim1) April 21, 2018
Some even told her that she must NOT represent the country because ‘she is maligning India’ by speaking out about a heinous crime.
Please don't represent india if you are trying to malign a large population of the country.— Dharma (@imdharmic) April 23, 2018
When Will Everyone Speak Up?
Jwala used #whenwilleveryonespeakup while tweeting, while hundreds of people criticised her for doing so. Some even replied asking if she was a ‘Congress/AAP stooge’. Angry Jwala took to Twitter once again to talk about the issue at hand.
To my surprise never thought I would be criticised for protesting RAPE! Quite a pathetic time we r living in!! ??— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) April 22, 2018
I think Peoples must called out your selective outrage. Everyone is against Crime And Support Capital Punishment For Culprits. Get well soon & speak about other incidents too.— Avinash (@ImAviKhose) April 23, 2018
Spoke About Rape. What’s Selective About That?
Ever since 21 April, when she first tweeted, Jwala has been shuttling trolls and bhakts; left, right and centre.
Spoke about RAPE...not Jammu not Kerala...RAPE in the country!! Country means...all the states r covered!!! Twitter has limitations on usage of words!!— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) April 23, 2018
We know ur spinning skills, U spoke only after Jammu incident before that India was heaven without crimes. Lust for Publicity? Placards not enough let’s come on roads.— Avinash (@ImAviKhose) April 23, 2018
Some even quoted the fake news of two postmortem reports in the Kathua case to make case for ‘let the facts be proven first’ before you blame the Hindus.
If the facts of the case are twisted in desired manner who will be responsible for defaming image of Hindus and Country all along. Celebrities are used as a tool to create hype about anything without knowing any facts just to propagate their political narrative.— Sonu Singhal (@121sonu) April 22, 2018
A lot of Jwala’s fans came out in her support and gave the much needed boost for speaking against the growing menace in the country.
You have always been unstoppable Jwala and may you always remain unstoppable ... the hell with all these disgusting cowards !!— RockyandMayur (@rockyandmayur) April 22, 2018
Get up stand up...Thank you for speaking up jwala..those criticizing you are in minority..— Nagpur Orange (@orange_nagpur) April 22, 2018
Your independent thought is what they dread. They like people on tight leash.— Priyabrata Tripathy (@PriyabrataT) April 22, 2018
If u r worth for criticism that means u have achieved something in life..and your views matters.. So chill..— Abhinav Bhardwaj (@Abhinavb999) April 22, 2018
Meanwhile Saina Nehwal, who recently bagged a gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2018, also tweeted in anguish over the despicable times we live in.
I am deeply grieved to feel the atrocities on the girls and women in India by assaulting and brutally ending the priceless lives by few mindless creatures in our beautiful country. I condemn the ghastly crimes, which should b stopped at once .— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) April 17, 2018
Mary Kom also expressed her grief and helplessness on the growing number of rapes in our country. "Whatever the government is doing, it will take a correct step. They know better than me. It hurts me, makes me very emotional being a woman (that 8 year-olds are raped). As an Indian I feel sad. I feel helpless," Mary Kom told a TV channel after returning to the country from the recently concluded Commonwealth Games.
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