Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, on Thursday, was sentenced to five years in prison after a court convicted him for killing two rare blackbucks, putting an end, at least for now, to a legal battle that ran for 20 years.

Salman’s sisters Alvira and Arpita were present in the court when the judgment was pronounced. Amid tight security, the actor was taken to the Jodhpur Central Jail where he spent the night.

Following the Dabangg actor’s conviction, many celebs came forward to support him. One of them was Mawra Hocane.

Taking to Twitter, Mawra expressed her support towards Salman and wrote, “In a world with no “NO” human rights, a great human being is being punished for killing an animal umpteen years ago under animal rights.”

But she didn’t stop there. She was all set for the bashing coming her way after her tweet.

“Bash me all you want, but there’s something completely wrong about it.. mind you such human beings are our saving grace!” added the Sammiactor.

And surely, it hit some nerves.

Mawra wasn’t the only one who showed support towards Salman though.

Humaima Malick expressed her sentiments through Instagram, and wrote, “I have witnessed the religion that he belongs to which is called humanity. Today is a sad day @BeingSalmanKhan you are a bigger person than all of us. Respects for you always and forever. Salute.”

However, one actor didn’t mirror Mawra and Humaima’s thoughts on the matter.

Responding to Mawra’s tweet, Ushna Shah believes justice is being served. “Hundreds of God’s creatures have faced extinction at the hands of humans hunting for trophies, the white rhino only recently,” wrote the actor.

“Everyone, no matter how benevolent a producer, ought to be accountable for their actions. Gratitude shouldn’t conflict with the principle,” she added.

The prosecution alleged that Salman and other Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam went hunting on the October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve in Kankani village near Jodhpur while shooting for Hum Saath Saath Hain in 1998. The four co-stars and a local, Dushyant Singh, were all acquitted.

Source: The Express Tribune

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