Amitabh Bachchan dragged in controversy after wife Jaya Bachchan calls for public lynchings of Hyderabad rapists


Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has often faced incessant trolling for his silence on crimes against women. He had come under heavy flak from MeToo activists including actress Tanushree Dutta for not siding with her. Weeks later, his lawmaker wife Jaya Bachchan has courted controversy by calling for the public lynchings of those who brutally raped a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad recently.

Amitabh Bachchan

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Jaya Bachchan said, “I know it’s a little harsh. But, I think these people need to be shamed in front of the entire country. People who have not done their jobs properly. These kinds of people (the accused) should be brought out in public and lynched.”

No sooner did Jaya make the controversial comments, social media users reacted with mixed opinions. While many agreed with her demand for public lynchings, others said that her comments were detrimental to delivering justice to the victims of sexual violence. However, there were some who posted memes on Amitabh Bachchan highlighting his helplessness in the wake of the controversy triggered by his wife.

A group of four people had raped a doctor on the outskirts of Hyderabad last week before burning her alive. The news sent shockwaves across India with many demanding strict punishment of the four culprits identified as Mohammed Pasha (truck driver) and his assistants Naveen, Kesavulu and Shiva.


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