Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:45:00 GMT | By PTI

Bollywood lauds youth power in protest against Delhi rape

Praising the youth for their efforts to protest against the gang-rape of a young girl and demands for justice, Bollywood celebrities said that the country has a great future.

Bollywood lauds youth power in protest against Delhi rape (© Varinder Chawla)

Thousands of young men and women, mostly students, marched towards India Gate and Raisina Hills during the weekend to demand speedy justice in the case of heinous crime against the 23-year-old girl on a moving bus a week ago in Delhi.

The police had attempted to disperse the protesters on Saturday by using teargas shells and water cannons.

On Sunday they were asked to vacate the location by the police which said the area was under Section 144 of CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) which bans the assembly of four or more persons.

But that did not deter the bravehearts from their goal of asking for stringent punishment for the accused.

"All over the world it's the young who are the harbingers of change. 50 per cent of India under 25 years. Don't let energy dissipate. Become catalysts," actress Shabana Azmi posted on Twitter.

Actor Anupam Kher wrote, "India has great Future. Thanks to it's youth. You can't fool them. You can't frighten them. You can't suppress them. Jai Ho."

"Uprising of new generation India has achieved a mega victory. Now every police station in India knows rape can't be belittled. Government's closure of metro stations and bridges into Delhi, to prevent protesters assembling, is totally undemocratic," actor Kabir Bedi tweeted.

"Indian youth have proved they are not just demographic statistics in economic models. They are a potent and fiery political force of change," Shekhar Kapur tweeted.

Filmmaker Onir said, "Politicians should address the problem but leave the protests to peaceful students. Don't let the goons come in."

Filmmaker Shirish Kunder wrote, "The rapist got angry because the girl protested. The police got angry because the people protested. So where really is the difference?"

"Change is yours if you want it. Youthpower Delhigangrape," posted Lisa Ray.

TV actress Mandira Bedi posted, "It's a matter of pride that the youth have taken this stand and have let it take on such momentum. This protest will not let up easily. As it shouldn't."

Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra tweeted, "Lets vote carefully next time, not for a party, not for a caste, not for a religion, not for greed, and certainly not in fear."

Director Madhur Bhandarkar retweeted another user's words, "What is this democracy I'm living in? Can't protest online (Sec. 66A). Can't protest offline (Sec. 144)."

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