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Salman Khan's 'unapologetic' reply irks women's panels, fresh summons issued

Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s reply to notices issued by the women’s panels over his controversial “raped woman” simile has not gone down well with either the National Commission for Women (NCW) or the Maharashtra State Women’s Commission (MSWC).

Thane Congress members agitating against Salman Khan
Thane Congress members agitating against Salman Khan

While the NCW has found the actor’s reply to its notice “unapologetic”, the state women’s panel rejected his reply and has summoned him in person on July 7.

“Salman Khan has replied to our notice. We are not going to reveal the contents of the letter, it would suffice to say that the letter does not sound apologetic,” said NCW Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam.

Salman filed the reply through his lawyers and according to sources, the “tone and tenor” of the letter is “legalese”.

In his letter dated June 28 to MSWC — submitted through his lawyer — Salman said that since the matter is already before the NCW, it should not be continued with the MSWC to avoid duplication.

But the state women’s panel does not agree with Salman’s contention.

“We have asked him to put forth his views in an affidavit,” said MSWC Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar.

Last week, when Salman was asked how difficult it was to shoot wrestling scenes for his upcoming movie Sultan in which he plays a wrestler, he said, “While shooting during those six hours, there was so much of lifting and thrusting that it was unbelievable. When I used to walk out of the ring, I used to feel actually like a raped woman walking out.” This infuriated several women’s groups who demanded an apology after which the actor’s father, Salim Khan, pitched in.

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