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.”
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. Bash me all you want, but there’s something completely wrong about it.. mind you such human beings are our saving grace! #SalmanKhanVerdict
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) April 5, 2018
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.
Are u out of ur mind?
The same man has been involved in hit & run incident that resulted in death & he has also beaten up a woman & threatened female journos.
He isnt our saving grace, he is an example of everything that’s wrong with today’s society.
— Od (@odshek) April 5, 2018
Ironic that Pakistani artists & former cricket stars are sending out sympathies for #SalmanKhan on his unlawful act.👎However not standing against terror supporting Indians who are attacking #ShahidAfridi personally for raising voice for innocent Kashmiris.🇵🇰 #AfridiWithKashmir
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) April 5, 2018
Yes… Because killing that animal was a criminal offense… Also, this great human being bought his freedom after killing an innocent human being in a hit and run case….
— Arsalan Ahmed (@arsalanahmedk) April 5, 2018
I hope you realise that he also killed innocent humans under the influence of alcohol years back and didn’t serve prison time. I’m sure they also had humans rights or do your human rights only apply to the rich and elite?
— lai (@abialisabba) April 5, 2018
Since when is a guy who is violent against women, involved in a hit and run and has made a negative impact on the environment by committing such an act a saving Grace?!I value the lives of the poor animals and people whose lives have been destroyed than that of such a low life 🙄
— tanya (@tanya_rayax) April 5, 2018
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.
Hundreds of God’s creatures have faced extinction at the hands of humans hunting for trophies, the white rhino only recently. Everyone, no matter how benevolent a producer, ought to be accountable for their actions. Gratitude shouldn’t conflict with principle.
— Ushna Shah (@ushnashah) April 5, 2018
“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