Gang rape victim sends notice to Salman over rape comment, demands Rs 10 cr
A Dalit gang rape victim from Haryana’s Hisar district has sent a notice to Salman Khan for his recent comment on rape and also demanded Rs 10 crore from the Bollywood actor as compensation.
Khan sparked a controversy by saying that his heavy training schedule for his upcoming film Sultan left him feeling “like a raped woman”. He made the comments during an interview with entertainment website spotboye.com to promote Sultan that tells the story of an ageing wrestler trying to make a comeback.
“By issuing this legal notice on behalf of my client, I demand a compensation of Rs 10 crore to my client within 15 days after the receipt of this notice, otherwise I have the instruction of my client to file civil and criminal cases against Khan for the aforesaid violation of civil and criminal law,” the victim’s lawyer Rajat Kalsan said in the notice, sent through Punjab and Haryana high court.
The 16-year-old girl from Dabra village in the district was kidnapped and gang-raped on September 9, 2012, when she was on her way to visit one of her relatives in Patel Nagar area of Hisar. She was abducted by a group of men who raped her on the outskirts of the town and also filmed the crime.
“The victim stated that her image was tarnished due to his public remark. She was deeply hurt with Salman’s comment considering she is still going through the mental and physical trauma of the gang-rape,” Kalsan told Hindustan Times.
The girl’s father committed suicide on September 18 after he saw the video of his daughter being raped. Police registered a complaint in the case nine days after the crime.
Residents and social organisations hit the streets in protest when the incident came to light and the girl’s family refused to accept the body of her father till all the accused were arrested.
Her family performed his last rites on September 23 after one of the accused was arrested on September 22.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has said that the body has taken Khan’s controversial rape remark “very seriously” and will issue summons to him soon.
“We had written a letter to him last week asking why he made such a remark but he has not replied so far,” NCW chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said.
“We have taken his remarks very seriously and will issue summons to him immediately as he has failed to reply to the letter in which we had asked him to apologise within seven days,” she said.
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