An application has been filed against Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty in Mumbai’s Bhoiwada court for allegedly using casteist slur against the Scheduled Castes. They have been accused of humiliating and insulting the Scheduled Castes by using the word ‘bhangi’ in separate TV shows. (Also Read: Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan or Little Lolita Monkey God Uncle to release in China on March 2)
Presumably, Khan had used the word during the promotion of his film ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, while referring to his dancing skills. Shilpa had reportedly used the word to describe how she looks at home. The application is filed under sections 156(3) of the CrPC seeking FIR under section 295 of the IPC and section 3 (1) (s) of the SC / ST act.
“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.” After the first complaint was lodged, Shilpa had tweeted: “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… 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.”