The National Commission for Women (NCW) slammed actor Salman Khan for a ‘rape’ comment he purportedly made during a group interaction with journalists.
In response to a question on the hectic shooting schedule for his upcoming film in which he plays a wrestler, Khan said, “It is like the most difficult thing….When I used to walk out of that ring, it used to be actually like a raped woman walking out.” Realizing his folly, Khan immediately added, “I don’t think I should have” and proceeded to say, “It feels like the most difficult….I couldn’t take steps. I couldn’t take steps.”
Lalitha Kumaramangalam, the chief of NCW, told news agency ANI that the commission has sent him a letter asking why he made the remark.
“This is very sad. Just because he is Salman Khan doesnt mean he will make such a statement,” she told ANI, adding that the commission has given him seven days to apologise.
This is very sad. Just because he is Salman Khan doesnt mean he will make such a statement: Lalitha Kumaramangalam (NCW Chief)
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 21, 2016
Khan’s comments have led to outrage on social media with civil society activists demanding an apology from him.
Kavita Krishnan told ANI that Khan’s comment trivialises rape.