'Women's commission has time for Salman Khan, not KRK'

Jul 06, 2016, 09:04 IST | Varun Singh

Advocate has complained to the commission several times demanding action be taken against Kamaal R Khan for his derogatory comments against women

Even as Vijaya Rahatkar, the chief of Maharashtra State Women’s Commission (SWC) is making persistent efforts to bring Salman Khan to book for his ‘rape’ remark, she has no time to deal with another actor who has long been harassing women with derogatory comments — Kamaal R Khan, also known as KRK.

Lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee, Kamaal R Khan aka KRK and SWC chief Vijaya Rahatkar
Lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee, Kamaal R Khan aka KRK and SWC chief Vijaya Rahatkar

Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee has now sent her a notice for failing to do her duty even after he complained to the SWC about KRK using Twitter to indulge in acts of sexual harassment, voyeurism, stalking and outraging the modesty of various women belonging to the film industry.

An example of the kind of derogatory tweets posted by KRK
An example of the kind of derogatory tweets posted by KRK

The complaint states that KRK has outraged the modesty of Sunny Leone, Bipasha Basu, Parineeti Chopra, Lisa Hayden, Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Nargis Fakhri, Huma Qureshi, Anushka Sharma, Malaika Arora Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mallika Sherawat, Amisha Patel, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Kim Kardashian and many more on the social networking site with vulgar and derogatory comments and pictures.

The complaint further reads, that by doing this, Khan has rendered himself criminally liable to be tried under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code. With no response from the commission, Siddiquee then slapped a notice on the chief, Rahatkar, citing a rule that requires her to register a case within 24 hours of receiving a complaint.

The first complaint was made on June 29 and a reminder was sent six days later, on Tuesday (delivered by hand). “As per Section 3 of the National Commission for Women (procedure) Regulations 2005, she is duty bound to ensure that a complaint is registered within 24 hours and an acknowledgement is sent to the complainant, within three days of receipt of complaint. However, in spite of a written complaint against a serial offender and repeated phone calls, she has neither bothered to take cognizance of the issue nor even bothered to revert in the said matter. Neither she nor her office have even returned my calls,” said Siddiquee.

He further added, “Now, as she has failed in performing her duties, I have accordingly served her a notice under Section 166A of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 2013, for knowingly disobeying the direction of law as a public servant.”

The other side
Vijaya Rahatkar, chief of Maharashtra Women’s Commission, has refuted the allegations. “The complaint did reach my office on June 29, but I had left in the evening. I will have to first look into all aspects of the complaint before fixing a hearing. Every day we have nearly 40 hearings and I will be returning to Mumbai by July 7 and will look into the matter. It’s wrong to say that any celebrity case was given preference over any other issue. I get cases related to the common woman every day and we are looking into every matter.”

‘Time enough for Salman Khan’
While the women’s commission chief said she had not had time to process the complaint and would initiate the process by July 7 or 8, Siddiquee countered saying, “It is indeed surprising to note that whilst she has no time to deal with serious complaints concerning women, she has taken out special time to deal with a case concerning Salman Khan and even has all the time to give interviews in Salman Khan’s case. Her acts, prima facie, appear to be biased and, as a public servant, she becomes answerable to all of us for her conduct.”

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