Rape remark: NCW summons Salman Khan on July 8

The National Commission for Women (NCW) today (June 30) summoned Bollywood actor Salman Khan to appear before it on 8 July in connection with his controversial ‘raped woman’ remark. In the event of his failure to do so, the Commission may proceed to take action as it deems fit, the women’s rights warned the actor.  

The Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) has also issue fresh summon to Salman yesterday to appear before it on July 7, after he ignored a request to appear before the panel. The MSCW had last week issued a notice to the 50-year-old actor to explain his rape analogy within seven days.

A day before the timeline ended, Salman had on Tuesday sent a letter to the panel through his lawyer stating that since the case is already being heard by the NCW, the matter cannot be heard simultaneously at two places. Nowhere in the letter did he apologise for his comment, according to reports.

The panel expressed displeasure over Salman’s argument and found his response unsatisfactory. In a statement, MSCW Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar said, “The Commission and its members today went through the letter given by the actor and we found it unsatisfactory. The letter says that case is already being heard by NCW and hence it would tantamount to a case of double jeopardy. But we are of the view that our state commission has been conferred with concurrent powers and the case can be heard at both the places simultaneously. Double jeopardy applies to the fact that a person cannot be punished twice for the same crime, not that a case cannot be taken up by two different authorities. The NCW and MSWC have concurrent rights. Salman is a resident of Maharashtra so we certainly have the right to process the matter.”

The NCW notice was sent after Salman while interacting with media, said that the gruelling shoot of wrestling sequences for his upcoming film ‘Sultan’ made him feel like a raped woman. His comment has evoked sharp reactions from activists and others while social media was dived on the issue.