NEW DELHI: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan said on the Independence Day, citizens of the country should pledge India be freed from rape.
“Independence Day 15th August pledge… May India be Independent from rape… Bharat aazad ho rape se…,” the 73-year-old star shared his views on Twitter and posted a still from his upcoming thriller Pink.
The actor also re-tweeted his own post about women and asked his followers to always remember it by captioning the message- ‘say it again…’”
“A woman’s body is not a democracy, it’s a dictatorship, and its about time the dictator took charge,” read the post.
India toughened punishments for rapists following the fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi in 2012 that shone a global spotlight on frightening levels of violence against women in the country.
But rape and sexual assault occur regularly, with attacks hitting the headlines on an almost daily basis.
The most recent official figures show 36,735 rapes were reported across the country in 2014. But activists say the true number is likely much higher as many women do not speak out because of the social stigma attached to sexual crimes.