Bollywood actor Salman Khan was sued by a gangrape survivor over his comments on rape. The actor was served with Rs 10-crore damage notice and was asked to issue a public apology for the remarks, according to a report in Times of India.
The actor had said in an interview last week that he felt like "a raped woman" after the intense shooting schedule for Sultan. The comment soon went viral online and he was criticised on social media and other mediums. Despite this the actor did not tender an apology for the remark. Meanwhile, his father had renedered an apology on behalf of his son.
"Your statement dated 21-06-2016 is wrong, illegal and against the spirit of Constitution of India and you are liable for every type of civil, criminal liabilities," the notice served by lawyer said.
"My client has felt and is passing through very troublesome period of psychological trauma by heart and mind by your statement of the rape victims-like feelings in the print media and social media. Your statement dated 21-06-2016 is solely responsible for her mental and psychological degradation and she is in touch with psychiatrist for counselling," the legal notice read further.
The survivor, who is from Hisar, was raped by 10 men. But only four out of the 10 have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Her father had committed suicide later. The survivor has appealed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking death penalty.
The woman is now working with an NGO and helps other rape survivors. "How can such a prominent personality use such words. We know the pains and sufferings of rape survivor. I have lost my everything - my father and I am yet to come to the terms of trauma I have gone through. How could he take such things so lightly that too to make a rape victim a laughing stock ?" asked the complainant.