FIR has been filed against Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty Kundra at Andheri Police station, Mumbai for allegedly using the word 'bhangi' in an 'insulting way'. This has hurt the sentiments of a Scheduled Caste community.
Confirming the news, Vice President of Rojgar Aghari Republican Party of India, Kishore Masoom, said, "We highly condemn Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty for using such words that show us in bad light. We have filed a complaint and will hold a protest in front of Galaxy Apartment, Salman's house today. According to law, he has to serve an imprisonment of five years." Asked if he thought Salman Khan who has a huge fan following would get bail easily, Masoom said: "No one is above the law, whether a normal public or a celebrity. And talking of his fans, only the elite people did not make him 'Salman Khan the Star', even Dalit people like us also watch his films. Who will support a man who is so disrespectful towards his fans? We are hurt."The complaint has been lodged by Navin Ramchandra Lade, General Secretary of Rojgar Aghari Republican Party of India.
The statement released by Lade's lawyer reads: "Salman along with Katrina Kaif on a TV show used the insulting word 'bhangi' against a member of the Scheduled Caste."
"Actor Shilpa Shetty stated in an interview 'I look like a bhangi' - it appears from her statement that she is encouraging and spreading ill-feeling among the entire society. He also intentionally insulted members of the Scheduled Caste. Both actors have committed offence under sections of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015, and Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955." Lade added: "I felt insulted and humiliated. Being a member of the Scheduled Caste, I feel very pained and hurt due to an insulting statement made by Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty."
The actress has also apologised for her statement on Twitter. She wrote, ''Some of my words from an interview in the past have been misinterpreted.It was never said with the intent of hurting anyone’s feelings…” Shilpa further added, “I apologize if they have. I’m proud to belong to a country that boasts of diverse castes and creeds and I respect each one of them''.
Some of my words from an interview in the past have been misinterpreted.It was never said with the intent of hurting anyone’s feelings...— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) December 23, 2017
I apologize if they have. I’m proud to belong to a country that boasts of diverse castes and creeds and I respect each one of them.🙏🙏— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) December 23, 2017
The FIR comes a day after members of the Valmiki community in Rajasthan filed a complaint against the star in Jaipur for using the pejorative word. A video of Salman saying pejorative words is doing the rounds on internet. Protesters disrupted the screening of Tiger Zinda Hai across the state. This has triggered tension in Ajmer and Kishangarh where his effigy was also burnt.
(With IANS inputs)
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