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Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty summoned for casteist remark

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Jaipur: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty have been summoned by the Deputy SP of Churu, Rajasthan Hukum Singh, for allegedly using the word ‘Bhangi’ in a derogatory way on a TV show.

Film-trade expert Komal Nahta has also reportedly been issued a summon for the same.

Salman had used the word ‘Bhangi’ 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.

“I look like a bhangi doing this step,” said Salman in an old promotional video. Shilpa, when asked about her looks at home, said, “I look like a bhangi.” This hurt the sentiments of the Valmiki community.

Later in December 2017, an FIR and many fresh complaints were lodged against Salman and Shilpa under sections of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015, and Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955.

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had also sought replies from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the police commissioners of Delhi and Mumbai over the issue after it received a complaint from an ex-chairman of the Delhi Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Harnam Singh.

However, Shilpa had later issued an apology on Twitter saying: “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.”

 

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