Guwahati: Former Miss World, Priyanka Chopra took to social media to express her views over the ongoing anti-CAA protests in the country. Chopra condemned violence used against protesters demonstrating peacefully.
Chopra, who was the former brand ambassador of Assam Tourism and could be seen promoting "Awesome Assam" in videos that depicted the verdure and uniqueness of the land had tweeted, "Education for every child is our dream. Education is what empowered them to think independently. We have raised them to have a voice. In a thriving democracy, to raise one's voice peacefully and be met with violence is wrong. Every voice counts. And each voice will work towards changing India. #HaveVoiceWillRaise #HaveVoiceMustRaise".
Twitter was widely divided over the tweet. While some hailed her for taking a stand, others condemned her over the tweet.
Several people from the Hindi film fraternity had also come together to express their views on the protests that had erupted in various parts of the country.
While some have criticized the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act)-2019, others have clearly condemned acts of violence used by state machineries on protesters condemning peacefully. Several incidents were reported where police personnel was injured and hospitalized.
Actors like Farhan Akhtar called the Act discriminatory. Akhtar along with members of the film fraternity such as, Anurag Kashyap and Aditi Rao Hydari had protested against the Citizenship Act at Mumbai's August Kranti Maidan on Thursday.
The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) aims to protect Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan by giving them Indian Citizenship, on grounds of persecution. The cut-off date for those to be given citizenship in India has been fixed too, on or before the 31st day of December 2014.