Bollywood actresses, including Neha Dhupia, Athiya Shetty, and Richa Chadha, have expressed their rage at the recent incident where a physically differently able woman was ill-treated and beaten with a rod for asking a man to wear a mask. The police later arrested the man.
The incident came to light when the video clip obtained from the closed-circuit television cameras of the hotel went viral on social media. “Nellore district police are extremely sensitive to any violation or crime against women. Women safety is our top priority,” a tweet from the Nellore police department confirmed.
The woman worked in a hotel in the Nellore district under the Andhra Pradesh tourism department and the alleged is a senior employee of the state tourism department.
“Once he’s done hitting her, other unkils walk WITH HIM, leaving the woman alone, lest he needs to be comforted after this outburst of violence BY HIM. This is our society. You’re foolish if you think we’re not living in sickness! Sick. #BhaskarTuToGaya #UncleaPleaseSit,” tweeted Richa as he shared the video. Her tweet expresses her disappointment and anger towards the incident.
Neha too took to her Twitter and wrote, “What’s going on… this man and many more like him if they are out there need to be taught a lesson… everyone knows where his place is … seriously, where does this entitlement, ego, anger come from!!!”
Actor Athiya Shetty also shared about the matter and wrote, “absolutely disgusting. wtf is wrong with people.”
“The lady in question is differently-abled (read ‘handicapped’) This tough guy beats her up wt a piece of iron! For being asked to wear a mask! I’d like to go around wt this brute in a ring. And he can keep his weapon. Let’s see just how tough he is then? What’s even more bizarre is that all the colleagues walk out with him after stopping this brutality and no one stops to help the lady up?!? What’s with you ‘men’?” tweeted Producer Atul Kasbekar as he posted the video footage.
This is a pathetic and shameful incident that has taken place. Over and over again our society is proving that girls and women are not safe in the nation. Forget late-night, women are not safe at any hour of the day. Above that, the more disappointing thing is the others in the office were just standing as the blind spectators none of them came to rescue the lady.
It is the high time that people condemn such incidents. A stringent action and fair probe is required in this case and the accused should be punished and justice has to be served to the victim.