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Shilpa Shetty: Beti Bachao can’t just be relegated to a campaign

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Mumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) Shilpa Shetty took to Instagram to express anger and anxiety over the series of violent sexual attacks and murders of women across the country. The actress added Beti Bachao can’t just be relegated to a mere campaign. It needs to be put into action.

On Instagram, Shilpa shared a couple of news reports, one which talks about the Unnao victim who was set ablaze by her perpetrators and the other about the alleged rape and murder of a woman in West Bengal’s Malda.

Sharing the news reports, the actress spoke about the insecure position of women in our country, where rape victims are treated with apathy and culprits roam freely.

The position and dignity of women in our country is in dire straits… it’s been so for a while now. Stepping out every day has become an ordeal for most, one that is unavoidable.

As a woman, I can’t even express how disgusting it is to see the apathy towards rape victims, survivors, and their families. It is highly disappointing to regularly read the news stating that an offender/culprit has been granted bail and is out… What for? To be given another chance to commit a more heinous crime? Reading about girls of all ages being abused and the brutality involved in each case makes my skin crawl.

I’m a mother to a son, but I don’t think I can bring myself close to imagining the fear that mothers of daughters feel every day,” she wrote. Over the past few weeks, reports of brutal rape and murder of young women in different parts of the country like Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Unnao and West Bengal dominated the headlines.

Talking about how the country immediately needs to do something to protect its daughters, Shilpa urged the authorities to enforce stricter laws to prevent such incidents in the future and punish the culprits.

Tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her post, the actress further wrote: #BetiBachao can’t just be relegated to a campaign. Intent isn’t enough if it can’t be put into action. I urge our authorities to enforce stricter laws that will not only deter future perpetrators, but also severely punish the offenders undergoing trials.

Also, expediting these proceedings is the need of the hour. Justice delayed is justice denied! Jai Hind! @narendramodi #EndRape #EndSexualViolence #NoTolerance #punishment #NoMoreRape #EndRapeCulture #NoToAbuse #stop.”

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old rape victim in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district died on late Friday night in a Delhi hospital. The victim was attacked outside Sindupur village in Unnao when she was on way to a Rae Bareli court to attend a hearing in the rape case. She was abducted by the five men, Harishankar Trivedi, Ram Kishore Trivedi, Umesh Bajpai, Shivam and Shubham Trivedi, who beat and stabbed her before burning her alive.

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Actress Nandita Das opposes CAA, NRC

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Jaipur, Jan 23 The controversial CAA and NRC issues reverbated at the Jaipur Literature Festival here as Bollywood actress and director Nandita Das on Thursday opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens and urged the people to raise their voice against these issues.

Addressing the media in the inaugural day of the Festival, she said: “India is a secular country, but it is happening for the first time when the people are being asked to be identified in the name of religion.”

“The nation faces many challenges today. Unemployment rate has shot up and the financial conditions are tough… at a time when you are being asked to prove you are an Indian, Shaheen Baghs are coming up everywhere following the Delhi trend,” the acclaimed actress said.

“This is being opposed and students have started a movement against it. Now, everyone should raise their voice against the law as everyone has the right to speak,” she added.

However, Das remained tightlipped over a war of words between Bollywood actors Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah

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Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Chehre’ gets new release date

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Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi’s mystery thriller “Chehre”, which was scheduled to release on April 24, will now open on July 17.

The thriller has been helmed by Rummy Jafry and produced by Anand Pandit.

“Chehre” has been moved from its earlier April release date, on a special request from Shoojit Sircar and Producer Ronnie Lahiri — the makers of “Gulabo Sitabo”.

Talking about the new release date, Pandit said: “Yes we have moved ‘Chehre’ to July 17, upon a special request from the makers of ‘Gulabo Sitabo’. We have always had a fantastic association with Shoojit Sircar and Ronnie Lahiri, and seeing as it was mutually beneficial to not only all of us to give a good release window to these exciting movies, but also to Mr Bachchan’s fans, we decided to now release ‘Chehre’ on July 17.”

To this, Producer Ronnie Lahiri of Rising Sun Films, added: “Our film was ready and we were keen to release it in April. We share a great rapport with Anand Pandit and as the ‘Chehre’ shoot was going on, we humbly requested him if we could release ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ in April and he was gracious and kind enough to push the release date of ‘Chehre’.”

“Chehre” also features Rhea Chakraborty, Siddhanth Kapoor, Krystle Dsouza, Raghubir Yadav and Annu Kapoor. The film is produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited.

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Hubby Nick Jonas gushes over Priyanka Chopra’s saree look

In the photo, Priyanka teams her blue saree with matching sleeveless blouse, blue Bangles and Kundan danglers. A bindi completes her desi look.

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Mumbai, Jan 20 : American pop star Nick Jonas is floored by his better half, Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra’s look in saree.

Nick’s reaction came after Priyanka shared a photo on Instagram where she is seen wearing a blue saree, from an event she recently attended in Mumbai.

Commenting on his wife’s post, Nick gushed: “Stunning”.

In the photo, Priyanka teams her blue saree with matching sleeveless blouse, blue Bangles and Kundan danglers. A bindi completes her desi look.

Priyanka’s look also impressed actress Urvashi Rautela, who had a similar view as Nick. “Stunnnnningggg,” wrote Urvashi.

Fans also loved Priyanka’s ethnic statement.

One fan commented: “Gorgeousness is here!”

Another wrote: “Saree makes you more attractive”.

Using a line from Priyanka’s famous song “Desi Girl” in “Dostana”, another fan commented: “Who’s the hottest girl in the world? #desigirl”.

On the work front, Priyanka Chopra will be seen alongside Richard Madden in the upcoming Amazon Prime series “Citadel”, by Russo brothers of “The Avengers” fame.

The actress recently wrapped up the shoot for “The White Tiger”. It is an upcoming Netflix movie where she features with Adarsh Gourav and Rajkummar Rao. The film is based on Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, and directed by Iranian filmmaker Ramin Bahrani.

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