The National Commission for Women has demanded a public apology from actor Salman Khan for allegedly comparing himself with a raped woman, saying his statement was extremely “reprehensible” and showed his “regressive mindset”.
Taking suo-moto cognizance of the issue, the commission 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.