Saroj Khan justifies casting couch, says ‘This is nothing new’

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Renowned choreographer Saroj Khan has justified the prevalent casting couch in the Hindi film industry saying that ‘this is nothing new.’

Saroj Khan
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Speaking to media, Khan said, “This is nothing new, there’s always someone who wants to take advantage of girls. The governments do that. The people in governments do that. Why are you targeting the film industry? At least, it gives you work and doesn’t abandon you after raping the girls.”

 

She went on to add, “Don’t say that. Let girl decide what she wants to do. If she doesn’t want to fall in trap, she wouldn’t. Why would she sell her body when she has the talent.”

Khan’s comments evoked angry reactions on social media forcing her to issue an apology.

Casting couch is a phenomenon prevalent in the Indian film industry, where aspiring artists are sexually exploited in exchange of roles in movies. Not so long ago, a Telugu film actor had removed her clothes in public to protest against casting couch in the south Indian film industry.

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