Salman Khan in soup over 'rape' remarks; NCW activists demand apology
The National Commission for Women, Shaina NC have slammed Salman Khan for allegedly comparing himself with a raped woman.
The NCW has demanded a public apology saying his statement was extremely 'reprehensible' and showed his 'regressive mindset'.
Shaina NC, Madhu Kishwar and others also echoed the same sentiment.
Why can't Salman Khan apologise himself for his "raped woman" remark? Why does his Daddy have to apologise on his behalf? How old is he?— ranjona banerji (@ranjona) June 21, 2016
I strongly condemn the remark by @beingsalmankhan regarding Woman Rape & demand apology.— Chitra Kishor Wagh (@chitrancp) June 21, 2016
Taking suo moto cognisance of the issue, the commision also asked the 50-year-old actor to submit an explanation within seven days.
"The commission has taken suo moto cognisance. We have sent him a letter asking for explanation in seven days. We have said that he should give a public apology," NCW Chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam said.
In an interview to an online entertainment portal, Salman allegedly said that after shooting a scene for the wrestling-themed movie Sultan, he used to feel like a 'raped woman'.
"It's not only a wrong statement, it's very irresponsible and callous for a man whose fame and wealth is based on the adoration of his female fans...He has extrapolated patriarchal mindset. I think this is not the first time that he has made statements that the public gets angry about," the NCW chief said.
Kumaramangalam said if the actor did not give a satisfactory response, he would have to appear before the commission. "We have also said that if we are not satisfied with his explanation we will summon him before the commission. It is extremely, reprehensible, very condemnable it seems to be very regressive mindset. Its like a joke he has made and rape is not a joke. He should not have said it," she said.
NCW later also staged a protest in front of the actor's house in Bandra.
Mumbai: NCP's women wing protest outside Salman Khan's residence over his 'rape' remark, demand apology from him pic.twitter.com/JA2pQVdhYB— ANI (@ANI_news) June 21, 2016
Madhu Kishwar has supported his comments saying she finds nothing 'objectionable' in it.
Appalled at the hungama over @BeingSalmanKhan statement. I find nothing objectionable in it. Such expressions commonly used even by women1/2— Madhu Kishwar (@madhukishwar) June 21, 2016
2/n Fact that @BeingSalmanKhan statement being blown out of proportion shows the vehlapanti of feminists breasbeating over flimsy issues— Madhu Kishwar (@madhukishwar) June 21, 2016
3/n Shocked that Women's Commission chair threatened 2 issue summons 2 @BeingSalmanKhan shows BJP women brainlessly follow leftist feminists— Madhu Kishwar (@madhukishwar) June 21, 2016