Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty are out from the legal soup now. The Ludhiana court has rejected the petition filed against Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty for allegedly making casteist remarks ‘bhangi’. The petition was lodged under the SC/ST Act and sought action against the Bollywood stars. Salman and Shilpa apparently used derogatory words for a particular community on national television last year. The word was used in a derogatory way that has hurt the sentiments of Scheduled Caste community.
It all happened last year during the promotion of Salman’s blockbuster film ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. The Bollywood superstar had reportedly used the word ‘bhangi’ while referring to his dancing skills.
Shilpa too had reportedly compared her looks to a sanitation worker in a bad way by using an abovementioned word. She later apologized for her comment that sparked a row and led to an FIR being filed against her. The very next day she posted her apology in the form of a couple of tweets.
She 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.”
The term ‘bhangi’ is a pejorative word used earlier to refer to members of a community who were traditionally confined by societal norms to menial tasks such as sweeping, cleaning and scavenging.