Rape comments: Salman Khan’s lawyers respond to National Commission for Women, hasn’t apologised still

Mumbai, June 30:  The National Commission for Women (NCW) served a notice to the film star’s legal team after the remarks, which he made in a recent group interview in Mumbai. The lawyers have now replied, and while the NCW refused to be drawn on the precise contents of the actor’s response, the letter failed to include an apology.

NCW chairwoman Lalitha Kumaramangalam has now promised to set out the commission’s next steps when it formally addresses the issue on 30 June. Salman has appeared far from apologetic during the backlash, and seemed to claim that his words had been blown out of proportion at a recent Bollywood awards night in Madrid. He said: ‘I will not take much time because nowadays the less I speak the better it is.’

Controversy erupted earlier this month when Salman, while speaking to the press to promote his upcoming Eid release Sultan, said that the gruelling demands of his role as a wrestler in the film left him feeling like ‘a raped woman’.

He said: ‘While shooting, during those six hours, there would be so much of lifting and thrusting on the ground involved. That was tough for me because if I was lifting, I’d have to lift the same 120-kilo guy 10 times for 10 different angles. And likewise, get thrown that many times on the ground.

‘This act is not repeated that many times in the real fights in the ring. When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t walk straight.’

The analogy drew all-round flak and the NCW wrote a letter to the actor demanding that he apologise within a week or face a legal summons.

After he failed to reply by the deadline, 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.’

Yesterday, the actor also failed to appear before the Maharashtra State Commission for Women over the matter – with his legal team saying that the NCW was already dealing with the case.

Although Salman has so far remained tight-lipped on the controversy, his father Salim Khan pieced together an apologetic reaction in the face of the widespread criticism.

He tweeted: ‘Undoubtedly what Salman said is wrong, the simile, example and the context. The intention was not wrong.’