The recent gangrape and murder of a 26-year-old veterinarian from Hyderabad has left the country outraged and protesting. Citizens and activists alike have come out to demand for justice for the victim by ensuring that all the accused are quickly punished. Several people have also begun to question and debate the safety of women in the country. The latest to come forward and share their views are none other than Tollywood superstars Chiranjeevi and Venkatesh.
Megastar Chiranjeevi in a video on social media can be seen addressing women and asking them to store 100 as a contact and to download the Hawkeye app on their smartphones. The Hawkeye application is the official application of Hyderabad police. There is a special feature for women to be able to reach out to the SHE team, or the special division of the city’s police dedicated to women and children’s safety.
"It's not enough to catch the accused so quickly, but it should be ensured that they are also punished quickly. Only then will people be afraid to commit such crimes," says actor Chiranjeevi at the start of the video.
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Venkatesh Daggubati, also fondly known as ‘Victory’ Venkatesh appeared on TV 9 with a different message for those in light of the recent tragedy.
“Rape and murder is not merely a woman's issue. Why aren’t men or boys coming forward to speak about this issue? Why didn’t they protest or raise their voices? Women aren’t objects to be claimed. They have the right to safety. Tell your boys to be civilised members of society. It is not enough to react after something has happened, we need action to be taken,” says Venkatesh in the video clip.
Several other stars too took to social media to express their sympathises and demanded for justice for the victim.
“My heartfelt condolences to the families of the girls. Your pain is irreversible! Let's come together to give justice to all the women and young girls of our country... Let's make India safe!!,” wrote Mahesh Babu on Twitter.
Actors Anushka Shetty and Keerthy Suresh too took to social media to express their condolences.