Jaya Ahsan wrote, "From our senior citizens to minors to our indigenous sisters, no one is being spared. How could we have stoop so low as a country?"
Anti-rape protests have resumed at Shahbagh for the fifth consecutive day over the recent spike in rapes and violence against women in Bangladesh. Several celebrities have taken to the social media, and in a few cases even to the street, and raised their voice in support of the ongoing movement.
Jaya Ahsan, a celebrity widely admired for her brilliant acting capabilities as well as her timeless beauty, has been on the receiving end of inappropriately sexist and violent comments on her social media accounts for years now.
The Guerilla actor has expressed her frustration with the sudden rise in the number of countrywide rapes and incidents of violence against women.
"The video of a woman being barbarically tortured, which made rounds on social media, shook me to my core. I can't believe this is happening in my country."
She added, "From our senior citizens to our minors, from our indigenous sisters to our newlyweds, no one is being spared. How could we have stoop so low?"
The actor urged everyone to condemn violence against women.
ছিঃ কীভাবে এই দৃশ্যটি আমি দেখি! ফোনে ফোনে সামাজিক যোগাযোগ মাধ্যমে ভাইরাল হওয়া সেই নির্মম নিষ্ঠুর ভিডিও আমারই দেশে তৈরি,...Posted by Jaya Ahsan on Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Aynabaji actor Chanchal Chowdhury demanded that the perpetrators of this heinous crime be brought to justice. He said, “Rape is not prompted by sexual desires, but by inhumane nature." He asked his followers to support the anti-rape protests breaking out across the country.
Actor Nipun expressed her outrage, writing, "I am upset, I am enraged, and I am speechless.”
Nabab actor Shakib Khan also took to Facebook to speak out against the country's prevalent rape culture.
He wrote, "We need to see women as human beings first, above everything else. We need to honour their humanity. I have always made sure to do my part when it comes to condemning the abhorrent rape culture in our society."
The actor revealed that his upcoming film Nabab LLB would mainly focus on the consequences of rape in order to raise awareness in the country.
"Moral degradation, substance abuse, failure of the judicial system and limitations in our laws are some of the reasons why rape as a crime has alarmingly reached all corners of our country like a pandemic."
Sani and Moushumi have taken to the streets to protest against the recent rape spree in the country. They are the first celebrities to do so. The star couple was seen at Raju Memorial Sculpture on the Dhaka University campus at 12pm on October 7, under the banners of Team Positive Bangladesh (TPB), with a placard that read ‘Hang (the) rapist,’ standing alongside former Chhatra League General Secretary Golam Rabbani.
Sani said to the press, “If you have the right intention, you can protest from anywhere you want. Protest against such despicable crime has nothing to do with political parties. It is our moral duty to raise our voice.”
Ziaul Faruq Apurba, Zakia Bari Mamo, Aruna Biswas and Mehazabien Chowdhury also spoke out to condemn violence against women.