It’s not fair for the Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to rode into controversy by making a remark “like a raped woman” while portraying the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film ‘Sultan’ which prompted his father to apologize. His remark shows that women, girls, rape are jokes, and the squalor of women is perhaps the most uproarious jokes ever. The word ‘rape’ should never be used as a jokes or an adjective for film training. We are not taking rape as serious crime because of power. It’s very much cleared that he didn’t think twice before making such a statement that shows how ingrained rape culture in India is. Time and again, it is said that Salman should keep his mouth shut. He opens it and he puts his foot into it. Salman is accused of killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run accident at Mumbai in 2002. Another court case he is battling charges of using unlicensed arms to shoot a rare species of black bucks in Rajasthan. An actor of his stature making such uncouth comments and people backing him is very shocking. It is seriously objectionable. He carries such a stardom that nation is divided on his silly remark. If Salman knows how to respect the dignity of women as his fans are claiming then he should and must apologize for his comment. He may have had a tough time working rigorously to depict the character of a wrestler in Sultan, but the rape remark was totally uncalled for.
Vinod C Dixit
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