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Anushka: The delhi gang rape accused need to be severely punished

Actors Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma, who were in town to promote their upcoming release, talk about the Delhi gang-rape case and more

Actors Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma, who were in Bangalore recently to promote their upcoming flick Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, felt strongly about the Delhi gang-rape case. Both actors have acted in films with Delhi-centric themes and feel that recent incidents have raised an alarm like never before.

“While the incident happened in Delhi, this is something that affects everyone. Safety of women has been a concern for people in India always, but this has triggered off a reaction that will hopefully be sustained long enough to bring about justice,” says Imran.

Anushka adds, “The accused need to be severely punished. We’re here fighting for the obvious, which is a really astonishing fact. The real fact of the matter is that we need to bring in accountability in the system. The people need to ensure that the laws are implemented and the law enforcers ensure that justice is given.”

The two actors, both known for their forthright attitudes, said that they wanted to be in Delhi to protest with the rest of the nation. “But, the irony is that people will then point fingers at us saying that we are out there only for publicity of our new film and that we don’t really mean what we are saying,” says Imran, who believes that youth of the nation need to keep this issue burning till the desired justice is achieved.

Says Anushka, “As a woman, it feels unsafe that people cannot walk out on the streets in the night. It is a scary thought and if India needs to be seen as a progressive country, then people need to ensure that they respect women and allow them to live freely first.”

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