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"I COULDN’T TAKE STEPS"

The favourite of the masses and now a veteran in the field of controversy, Salman Khan landed himself in yet another mess when he said in an interview that shooting sequences of his new movie ‘Sultan’ made him feel like a “raped woman”. To quote his exact words-“ When I used to walk out of the ring after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t take steps.” Here is what you can do Mr.Khan- think before you speak!

Barring the fact that the analogy was highly inappropriate, what Salman Khan did was trivialize a sensitive issue which plagues our country today. Being a largely followed public personality he should be more careful of what he says. And according to what a lot of fans believe, by saying that he should be more careful doesn’t mean that we are taking away his freedom to express himself. What we are trying to say is that with great fan-following comes great responsibility.

Having said that, I believe that the exaggerated ruckus created around his statement was unnecessary and it conveniently covered up the issues that need the same kind of publicity. Priyanka Chopra’s comment made a lot of sense in this way. She said, “There is so much reality happening like a brutal rape case in Bihar took place - why is no one talking about the issue. A lot has been said about the Salman issue. I don't want to add to the noise. I would rather bring notice on real issues... the real problem is us talking about how to treat our women better in India and how to treat women better generally.” The hasty apology made by him right after he said what he said was also very smartly ignored by the media. On the other hand when the National Commission for Women demanded a public apology from Salman Khan, he refused. An apology wouldn’t hurt anybody now will it? He should have taken the chance while he had it to make this frenzy end.

But amongst all this the real problem has been very casually neglected. When Salman Khan made the comparison, the audience and reporters present there laughed. Might not be a big thing for a lot of people but to me it is. I don’t think that this particular analogy was funny and so would anybody with a sane conscience. This reflects the very double standards and the kind of mindset we have. The question we need to ask is whether all this outrage is because we really care about this issue or is it just another TRP thing?

- Shakshi Singh

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