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Salman Khan issues no apology; MSCW to move Bombay HC


Actor files similar reply; tells the state commission for women that matter is being pursued by the national body

Mayur Lookhar

His film Sultan may be smashing records at the box office, but Salman Khan has a big problem to deal with in real life as the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) is contemplating legal action against him for his infamous ‘rape' analogy.

Vijaya Rahatkar, chairperson of the MSCW, reportedly said the actor had filed a reply yesterday and the commission will decide on the future course of action.

“Salman Khan filed his reply, but there was nothing new in his statement. He hasn’t apologised as yet. His reply was the same as last time where he requested MSCW to drop the issue as it was already being pursued by the National Commission for Women in New Delhi. However, the NCW did not send him a notice, but merely a letter asking him to explain his controversial remark," a well-placed source told Cinestaan.com.

With no apology forthcoming, the MSCW is left with no option but to take the legal route.

“It has been discussed by the board to take legal action against Khan. The MSCW has decided to move the Bombay high court against the actor. We will be doing that in about three or four days,” said the source.

Khan had created a huge controversy when he compared his exhaustion while filming action scenes in Sultan to that of a raped woman. The media went hammer and tongs at him, demanding an apology. While most celebrities sealed their lips, the likes of Aamir Khan, Anurag Kashyap and Kangana Ranaut deemed Khan’s comment insensitive.

Khan already has two cases against him, the 2002 hit-and-run case and the black buck poaching case from 1997. The former is to be heard in the Supreme Court after it admitted earlier this month the Maharashtra government’s plea against Khan’s acquittal by the Bombay high court in December 2015.