As the world grapples with the Coronavirus pandemic and normalcy remaining a distant dream, the internet has been a saviour. As the only link to the outside world, social media is not just giving people an idea of the impact of COVID– 19 but also giving them a space to voice their concerns. Amidst the cacophony over the contagious disease and the statistics pertaining to it, women are turning to online spaces to share their thoughts on happenings that do not fall under the ambit of the pandemic.
But women on social media had more to share this week. On April 29, the world woke up to the shocking news of actor Irrfan Khan’s passing away after battling Cancer since 2018. The very next day, veteran hero Rishi Kapoor also succumbed to Leukemia, leaving generation of fans aghast.
Unsurprisingly, social media witnessed an abundance of tributes for both actors, even as the world continued its own battle with the pandemic.
Frieda Pinto, who was Irrfan Khan’s co-star in Slumdog Millionaire wrote on Instagram:
Calling Khan her favourite actor, Mindy Kaling expressed her grief
The loss of Irrfan Khan - at such a young age - is devastating. He was my favorite actor. I can’t think of someone who gave such layered and thoughtful performances but was also a movie star; you couldn’t take your eyes off of him onscreen. Love and peace to his family. pic.twitter.com/OjwhNgXgJu
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) April 29, 2020
Actress Deepika Padukone who was seen with Khan in the movie Piku, shared a blank post captioned with a broken heart on Instagram:
Irrfan Khan’s wife Sutapa Sikdar released a heartfelt statement on her husband’s death:
Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar shared a memory with Rishi Kapoor:
Kuch samay pehle Rishi ji ne mujhe unki aur meri ye tasveer bheji thi.wo sab din,sab baatein yaad aarahi hain. Main shabdheen hogayi hun. pic.twitter.com/IpwCKMqUBq
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) April 30, 2020
Actress Taapsee Pannu who shared screen space with Kapoor in Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk reminisced about his personal traits:
My most favourite picture with him. Worked with him twice n the kind of brash honest compliments this man gave have never left my heart n mind. Even in his bullying there was so much love that one couldn’t help enjoy… https://t.co/OgnxnKMKak
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) April 30, 2020
Journalist Rana Ayyub has been actively engaged in distributing food and relief materials to slum dwellers in Mumbai:
We are at Dharavi to help. I tried to explain them about social distancing. But how do you explain to the hungry. Also me and my entire team are getting our tests done next week pic.twitter.com/9nh49vBQSJ
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) April 30, 2020
At one place in Dharavi were we were reporting and providing relief work, cops and locals had to intervene and placate the unruly mob that was angry and hungry.. Social distancing is a privilege for the poor of Dharavi. pic.twitter.com/7phDLKzRWn
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) April 29, 2020
The pandemic has led to a spurt in cybercrimes against women. The National Commission for Women conducted a webinar to spread awareness about how women can protect themselves from cybercrimes:
— NCW (@NCWIndia) April 30, 2020
Union Minister Smriti Irani tweeted about Jan Aushadhi Kendras that are providing medicinal products for women:
Jan Aushadhi Kendras (https://t.co/3Ea9FiCeGk) are providing 40 women centric products at affordable prices. @MinistryWCD has alerted OSC, Women Helpline & other field functionaries to further spread the information. You too find & share information using Janaushadhi Sugam App. pic.twitter.com/9MSjQ9Hr2T
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) April 30, 2020
A few eminent female personalities discussed how most editorials in leading publications are those penned by men while women get abysmally low column spaces:
I'm exhausted, but then the study must go on. Here's month four of the state of #OpEds in @IndianExpress @htTweets & @the_hindu.
April has been rougher than March.
It's actually been really really awful. In general, and for #OpEds too.
— श्रेया | Shreya (@iconohclast) April 30, 2020
Menaka Guruswamy, renowned Supreme Court, joined forces too.
Not just in the opinion world, in the legal world, in the most progressive of causes/cases, it is row after row of male lawyers. Our 'movements' are mostly led by men (upper caste/straight) @karunanundy @iconohclast @fayedsouza @MonaAmbegaonkar @VidyaKrishnan @MishiChoudhary https://t.co/4fAILG946i
— Menaka Guruswamy (@MenakaGuruswamy) May 1, 2020
What were your favourite quotes from women this week? Tell us in the comments below!
(Edited by Athira Nair)