On Friday, a horrific incident left the entire nation in shock when a 27-year-old veterinarian, Priyanka Reddy, was gang-raped and murdered in Shamshabad, Telangana by four men.
According to the police records, the four accused punctured the rear wheel of her scooter. She immediately called her sister up and told her that some strangers offered her help and took her scooty to a mechanic shed for repair. But they returned saying no shed was open in the locality.
Around the same time, the victim noticed that a lorry driver was moving suspiciously in her proximity and she informed her sister about the same.
She expressed fear while talking to her sister, who advised her to rush to a nearby toll gate. Before Priyanka could make it to a safe spot, the accused men dragged her to a secluded spot close to a toll plaza and gang-raped her.
The accused men then wrapped her body in a blanket and took it to Shadnagar and burnt the body.
Within hours, Twitter’s top trending hashtags were #RIPHumanity and #HangRapists
Several celebrities and sports personalities have been taking a stand for Priyanka Reddy and came out in support for the young victim.
Bollywood’s beloved Bhaijaan Salman Khan expressed his anger and furiousness on the issue on Twitter and in a series of tweets spoke about what needs to be done to such culprits and how they need to be punished and taught a lesson.
(2/2)..n their family go through this extreme agony n loss as this has to be stopped. Let betii bachao not be just a campaign. This is the time to let these demons know that v all stand together. May Priyanka’s soul rest in peace #JusticeForPriyankaReddy
— Chulbul Pandey (@BeingSalmanKhan) November 30, 2019
Actor-singer-director, Farhan Akhtar posted two tweets to emphasise that the minors involved in this crime should face real consequences because they were ‘old enough to knowingly commit a crime this brutal’.
What those men did to #Priyanka_Reddy is another dark reminder of how unsafe we’ve allowed our society to become by not delivering swift and telling justice in these cases..!
Heart goes out to her family in their hours of unimaginable grief.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) November 29, 2019
Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli expressed shock and disappointment over the gruesome gang rape and murder of Priyanka Reddy.
What happened in Hyderabad is absolutely shameful.
It’s high time we as a society take charge and put an end to these inhumane tragedies.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 30, 2019
Calling it a shameful act and heinous crime, cricketer Harbhajan Singh demanded a strict policy against such criminals, while VVS Laxman urged the government to take stringent action against the guilty.
Shame on all of us we keep letting these things happens again nd again butnothing change.y can’t we make strict policy against such criminals nd hang them in front of whole town to set th examples 4 others 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡 #RIPPriyankaReddy need ur attention @narendramodi sir 🙏 pic.twitter.com/9INzPttsrx
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 29, 2019
How can someone commit such a barbaric and heinous crime. Speechless and shocked to know about the incident. Deep condolences to the family of #priyanakareddy It’s time the Govt takes stringent action and punish the guilty.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 30, 2019
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, too, took to Twitter and expressed shock and disgust over the ghastly rape and murder
This is an extremely painful news, shocked & disgusted on this barbric and ghastly rape & murder. Its time we all hang our heads in shame. 😤😡 Thoughts and prayers with her freinds and family.
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) November 29, 2019
Olympic medallist and freestyle wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt urged Telangana CM to punish the guilty.
I can’t imagine the pain this girl Priyanka Reddy has to go through because some people just insulted the humanity.
Telangana CM must punish guilty.
The rapist should be caught and burnt alive in front of public, only then these kind of incidents will never happen.#RIP pic.twitter.com/eZgAnKvJcg
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) November 29, 2019
Actor Akshay Kumar cited three rape incidents in Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand, and said that ‘we seem to be losing it as a society’.
Whether it is #PriyankaReddy in Hyderabad, #Roja in Tamil Nadu or the law student gangraped in Ranchi,we seem to be losing it as a society. It has been 7 yrs to the gut-wrenching #Nirbhaya case & our moral fabric continues to be in pieces.We need stricter laws.This needs to STOP!
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 29, 2019
Actor Richa Chadha said that the perpetrators treated the victim as a thing, and not as a human being.
Her only crime was she trusted these men who promised to fix her scooty.Perpetrators are given the harshest punishment, they don’t belong in society. They won her trust and then brutalised her. Treated her like a thing, not a human being.
Condolences to family#priyanakareddy
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) November 29, 2019
Other celebrities who raised their concern over the incident on social media include, Anil Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Parineeti Chopra and many more.
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) November 30, 2019
When will this stop???
Sickened to read about #DrPriyankaReddy
Prayers with her family and near & dear ones. We can’t and we mustn’t go on like this. Something has to be done. And fast!!! #RIPPriyanakaReddy
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) November 29, 2019
Shocked. Saddened. UTTERLY DISGUSTED!!! My thoughts and prayers to the family of Dr. Priyanka Reddy. #PriyankaReddy
— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) November 30, 2019
Anger,sorrow ,shock ..how could these inhuman,unimaginable crimes against women still happen despite such strong uproar & awareness ! Do these demons have no fear of punishment or law,,Where are we going wrong & lagging behind as a system & as a society,,,#JusticeForPriyankaReddy
— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) November 29, 2019