How celebrities reacted to Salman Khan’s jail term over antelope poaching
The news of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s five-year jail sentence in a blackbuck poaching case has sent shockwaves across the celebrity world and sharply divided the public opinion.
Salman Khan was arrested on Thursday after he was given a five-year jail in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case. A Jodhpur court found the 52-year-old actor, one of India’s most recognisable and bankable celebrities, guilty of hunting two blackbucks while working on the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in 1998.
While some are applauding the justice system, others are vehemently defending the actor. Social media users have been sharing their two cents on the matter using the hashtag #SalmanKhan, which quickly became the top trend on Twitter on both sides of the border.
‘Heart goes out to Salman Khan’: Arjun Rampal
The law takes its course. Can’t argue it. But at this point in time I just feel helpless and my heart goes out to @BeingSalmanKhan and his family. Reason, cause the last thing @BeingSalmanKhan is, is a criminal.I feel this is too harsh. I do hope he gets the relief he deserves.
— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) April 5, 2018
‘Extremely shocked’: Director Subhash Ghai
I am extremely shocked to hear @BeingSalmanKhan being convicted by session court but also having full trust in indian judiciary which has many other doors to appeal for final justice whatsoever. Since He is most loved person by industry N people for his human reasons too.
— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) April 5, 2018
‘Saddened’: Arjun Bijlani
— Arjun Bijlani (@Thearjunbijlani) April 5, 2018
‘Because he’s Muslim’: Koena Mitra
— KOENA MITRA (@koenamitra) April 5, 2018
Sympathies poured in from Pakistan as well.
‘A great human being’: Mawra Hocane
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
‘Punishment is too harsh’: Shoaib Akhtar
Really Sad to see my friend Salman khan sentenced for 5 year But the Law must take its course & we got to respect the decision of honourable court of India but i still think punishment is to harsh but my heart goes to his family & fans ..
Am sure he will out soon ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) April 5, 2018