MUMBAI – “When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped women. I couldn’t walk straight”, said Bollywood actor Salman Khan in an interview to promote his upcoming movie Sultan, a comment that has left the whole of India in shock and outrage.

Khan, an Indian film actor-producer with a notorious past, was found guilty last year by a sessions court for running over a group of homeless men in 2002. He was given a sentence of 5 years in prison for culpable homicide and drunk driving. However, the Mumbai High Court agreed to suspend his sentence until an appeal before it.

Many members of the Indian film industry have condemned his comment and have urged him to apologise. However, there are a few that believe that he did not understand what he said due to his limited knowledge of English.

The National Commission for Women have demanded a public apology, and termed the comment as “reprehensible”, while a rape victim from Hisar has demanded an amount of Rs.10 crore for his statement, as she feels that her image has been stained by it.

Rape is a sensitive topic in India,especially given that the country is battling a plague of horrific rapes in all corners.  Official data shows a steady rise in the number of rape cases in India since the infamous Delhi gang rape case in 2012.

– Deiptimaan Chowdhury, Correspondent (Business)