Salman Khan unwilling to apologise for rape comment: NCW

The Bollywood actor failed to appear before the National Commission for Women, his legal team sent an explanation.

Published: 08th July 2016 08:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th July 2016 08:59 PM   |  A+A-


Bollywood screen writer Salim Khan with son and actor Salman Khan greet fans on occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at his residence in Mumbai on Thursday. | PTI

NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Salman Khan failed to appear on Friday before the National Commission for Women, which had summoned him over his rape remarks though his legal team sent an explanation. The NCW on its part said it was examining the response and was mulling its future course of action.

“Khan and his legal team have not appeared before the commission. However, the commission has received a response from his legal team, which is currently being examined,” a statement by the NCW said.

The women’s commission had issued notices to Khan when the actor during a media interaction had said that his gruelling workout for his film 'Sultan' left him feeling like a 'raped woman', a remark which evoked a sharp reaction from activists and others.

To this, Khan had sent a written explanation from his legal team which had failed to satisfy the commission which had further issued summons for the actor to appear before it on this date.

The NCW had said that Khan it seemed was unwilling to apologise for his comments which were highly defamatory in nature and asked him to appear before the commission on July 8.

"The commission finds that you are not willing to apologise for the remarks made by you. The explanation offered by you, after making such an irresponsible and callous statement...doesn't amount to an apology. Your reply is therefore not satisfactory," the NCW said in its notice.

The commission also warned the 50-year-old actor that if he fails to appear before the panel, it may proceed to take action as it deems fit.

Khan had also been issued a notice by the Maharashtra State Commission for Women which had asked him to appear before it on July 7 after the actor failed to turn up before it to offer explanation.

Salim Khan, Salman's father, apologised on behalf of his son after the strong reactions, the actor himself has not apologised for his comments.

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