Celebrities and ordinary citizens are now coming together to vent their anger via social media about the brutal Gang Rape of a Dalit girl in Uttar Pradesh. Manisha Valmiki, a 20-year-old woman from the Valmiki community was brutally gangraped in UP by four men from Hathras. The Valmiki 20-year old Valmiki was found in a coma with her spine and tongue broken.
Manisha died from her injuries in the ICU of the hospital on September 29, 2020. According to media reports, Manisha Valmiki stated in her statement to Policemen that she was raped on September 14th by four men from the upper caste.
The family was also denied the right of receiving her body and performing the final rites. The Print reported that Uttar Pradesh authorities burned Manisha Valmiki’s body at a pre-dawn funeral, despite numerous pleas from the family.
Social media has seen a constant demand for justice ever since. Social media furore over Manisha Hathra’s rape case seems to never end.
Netizens Demand #JusticeForManishaValmiki
TanushreePandey is a journalist for India Today. She also shared videos showing Policemen burning her body without her consent on her Twitter account. Anger on social media has been sparked by the incident that exposed the state’s wide caste divisions. More and more people have expressed their anger through social media posts with#Hathras, #RIPManishaValmiki and #JusticeForManishaValmiki.
It wasn’t only the common people who showed support for the family and expressed anger at the incident. Anushka Sharma and Kangna Ranaut, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and many other Bollywood stars were there to support the family.
Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Angry & Frustrated!Such brutality in #Hathrasgangrape.When will this stop? Our laws and their enforcement should be so rigorous that rapists will be terrified by the thought of punishment!Hang the culprits.Raise ur voice to safeguard daughters & sisters-it is the least we can do.”
Kangna Ranaut, a netizen and celebrity, has posted on social media requesting that convicts be publicly hanged to show their leadership.
These rapists should be shot. What is the solution to gang rapes which are increasing in number every year? This is a terrible day for our country Shame on us, we failed our daughters #RIPManishaValmiki
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 29, 2020
Another user on Twitter correctly noted in her caption: “It’sManisha Today… and Tomorrow ????.” #JusticeForManishValmiki”
Others couldn’t help but recall the 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Case, and the way we failed to protect women across the country. Netizens called her another Nirbhaya and expressed their anger at the fact that things have not changed over the years.
But, despite all the anger and voices calling for justice, there was another incident. It was not as serious, but it could have been avoided with some care. India Today reported that in the midst of the outrage on social media from netizens calling for justice for #After Manisha Valmiki’s death, a photo of an unrelated girl was misidentified as the Hathras victim.