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Kamal Haasan moves court to quash complaint against him over Mahabharata comment

A complaint was filed against the actor for allegedly insulting the epic tale Mahabharata while making a comment on crimes against women.

Mayur Lookhar

Actor Kamal Haasan has moved the Madras high court seeking to quash the complaint filed against him over his comments on Mahabharata during a TV interview to a local channel in Tamil Nadu.

The actor was asked about the growing crimes against women to which he replied, "Is there anything more disgusting than oppressing a woman? On one side, we boast that we are a developed society and on the other side, women are being dominated in the name of pride. It seems like we haven’t moved on from the game of dice incident of Mahabharata."

The actor was referring to the incident of Draupadi being stripped at the hands of the Kauravas after the Pandavas had staked her in a game of dice.

Athinatha Sundaram, a local trader had taken Haasan’s comments as an insult to the epic Indian tale and filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the actor at a magisterial court of Valliyoor in Tirunelveli. Sundaram had accused the actor of hurting Hindi sentiments and demanded maximum punishment for Haasan.

Based on Sundaram’s complaint, magistrate Senthil Kumar had on 21 April also ordered the police to investigate the matter and file a report at the earliest.

In his counter petition, the actor underlined that he was merely replying to a question asked by the interviewer regarding oppression of women and increasing sexual assaults on them, including on film actresses. The actor reiterated that he never intended to hurt anyone’s sentiments.

Haasan’s petition will come up for hearing tomorrow (5 May).