CHENNAI: The ongoing protests in several parts of the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) took a violent turn when college students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University faced a crackdown at the hands of the police.
This garnered heated reactions from celebrities including Bollywood stars and cricketers who took to Twitter and Instagram to condemn the act, with many saying that "violence isn't the solution."
Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, Parineeti Chopra, Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana among others took to Twitter and Instagram to stand in solidarity with the students of Jamia and AMU.
Wonder if this is a start or the end. Whatever it is, this is surely writing new rules of the land and those who don’t fit in can very well see the consequences.— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) December 16, 2019
This video breaks heart n hopes all together. Irreversible damage,and I’m not talking about just the life n property https://t.co/QGaZYpDCR6
What is happening is not okay. The way it’s happening is not okay. People have every right to peacefully voice their opinion. This violence and disruption is both saddening and concerning as a fellow citizen. In no circumstance, must our faith in democracy be shaken.— Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) December 16, 2019
This is unreal. We are a secular democracy. This violence that the police have shown in dealing with the students is terrible. Citizens have the right to peacefully protest. @narendramodi @AmitShah Or that is not an option anymore ??— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) December 16, 2019
If this is what’s gonna happen everytime a citizen expresses their view, forget #CAB, we should pass a bill and not call our country a democracy anymore! Beating up innocent human beings for speaking their mind? BARBARIC.— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) December 17, 2019
I strongly condemn the violence that the police have shown in dealing with the students. In a democracy the citizens have the right to peacefully protest.I also condemn any kind of act of destruction of the public properties. Violence is not the solution for anything!— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) December 16, 2019
We are with the students! Shame on you @DelhiPolice— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) December 15, 2019
Non stop threats like this.. “Career chaupat kyon karna hai..” just go through my timeline and that proves how much of a democracy we have become((sarcasm (for dumb bhakts)))..also you can clearly see who are the goondas here and which side they speak for .. https://t.co/oP89GnIn9E— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) December 17, 2019
I stand in solidarity with the students of India. pic.twitter.com/OCl8gH276B— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) December 16, 2019
My heart goes out to all the students back home in Delhi. In a democracy like ours, its sad to see violence against citizens for voicing their opinion through peaceful protests. There should be no place for violence of any form & intent in our country. I strongly condemn this act— Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) December 16, 2019
Farhan Akhtar put up an Instagram story to condemn the act.
Cricketers like Aakash Chopra and Irfan Pathan also tweeted about the same.
Deeply disturbing visuals from educational institutions across the country. Teary eyed. They are one of us. These kids are the future of this country. We don’t make India great by silencing their voices with the use of force. You’ll only turn them against India.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 16, 2019
Many different colleges including three IITs have also declared solidarity with Jamia and AMU students.