Rape remark: Salman Khan defies NCW summons

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan yesterday defied the National Commission for Women’s summons and did not appear before it to clarify his controversial ‘rape’ remark, a day after he missed a date with the Maharashtra women’s panel. NCW said it received a legal response from Salman’s team and is evaluating the next step.

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“It may be noted that today, i.e. 08.07.2016, Mr Khan or his legal team has not appeared before the Commission. However, the Commission has received a response from his legal team, which is currently being examined by the Commission,” NCW said in a statement.

NCW Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam, however, refused to spell out on what possible action could be taken against the 50-year-old actor.

The Commission had written to the actor to issue a public apology but later summoned him after it found his reply ‘unapologetic and unsatisfactory’. Salman courted controversy when he compared his gruelling workout for his movie Sultan left him feeling like a ‘raped woman’.

The commission had also warned Salman that if he failed to appear before the panel it may proceed to take action against him as it deems fit.

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