Fresh FIR filed against Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty

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Rojgar Aghari Republican Party of India in Maharashtra has filed a fresh complaint against Shilpa Shetty and Salman Khan for using the word “bhangi”. The complainant alleged that their utterances had hurt the sentiments of the Scheduled Caste community.
Salman Khan

Salman’s recent comments on a TV show comparing his dancing skills to a ‘bhangi’ had sparked a row, with Shilpa Shetty Kundra also coming under fire for similar comments in an old interview, reported Deccan Chronicle.

Kishor Kumar Masoom, the Vice President of the RARPI, told news agency IANS that a new complaint was filed at the Goregaon police station in Mumbai on Monday. The party had earlier lodged a complaint against the actors on Saturday at the Andheri police station.

“I know that Shilpa Shetty said ‘sorry’ for her action on Twitter but that does not change the reality. And according to the law, they should get imprisonment of five years.

“So we are saying that if the police and law system will not take action against Salman and Shilpa within 48 hours, we, the Dalit Samaj across the country will protest and in a democratic way, will urge the authority to protect the law by punishing them for their wrong deeds,” Masoom was quoted by IANS.

A statement released by Masoom’s lawyer,said, “Salman along with Katrina Kaif on a TV show used the insulting word ‘bhangi’ against a member of the scheduled caste.

“Actor Shilpa Shetty stated in an interview ‘I look like a bhangi’ – it appears from her statement that she is encouraging and spreading ill-feeling among the entire society. He also intentionally insulted members of the Scheduled Caste. Both actors have committed offence under sections of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015, and Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955.”

After the first complaint was lodged, Shilpa had tweeted,  “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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