The National Commission for Women (NCW) has demanded apology within seven days from Bollywood superstar Salman Khan who said he felt “like a raped woman” during an upcoming film’s rigorous shooting schedule, reports said on Tuesday.
Khan reportedly made the comments in an interview to promote his latest movie Sultan, which tells the story of an ageing wrestler trying to make a comeback.
“Considering the number of female fans he has, he shouldn’t have made such a statement. Salman Khan should apologise,” NCW chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam told news channel CNN IBN on Tuesday. The NCW has sought an apology within seven days, NDTV reported.
Shaina NC, a spokesperson for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra, tweeted: “Rape is an exercise of power to destruct a woman’s self esteem, (from what) I (know) of @BeingSalmanKhan he respects #women so he must apologise.”
The controversy erupted after the 50-year-old Khan said in an interview with news site Spotboye.com that when he used to “walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t walk straight”.
However, when contacted the actor’s manager said that he has been misquoted
In the same interview published on Monday, Khan said he had been able to quit every “vice” except women, saying that he had given up cigarettes, coffee and alcohol but not female company.
(With agency inputs)
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