An open letter to Salman Khan from a rape survivor

FotorCreatedPadma Shri awardee Sunitha Krishnan, a social activist who was gangraped at the age of 15 has penned a letter to Salman Khan whom she doesn’t even consider worth addressing after his insensitive comment.

The actor has not even taken up to any form of media to release an apology over such irresponsible statement that he felt like a rape victim after shooting action sequels on the sets of Sultan.

Its also appalling that Bollywood has gone mum over his comment, fearing the repercussions as the actor is famously known for going to an extent of ending careers of those who go against his will. Actors Kangana Ranaut, Renuka Shahane and Hair Stylist Sapna Bhavnani are few who braved to raise a voice against the actor.

Sunitha Krishnan pens,

 I do not wish to take the name of the person in question because I feel it would be an act of giving him too much respect. The fact that he could easily compare himself to being raped shows how badly he has trivialised rape and rape culture. The harsh truth is that good looks and some talent made him the star that he is and he takes this role very lightly. With such fame, comes responsibility.

Instead of being aware of this, he has basically compared the scars, trauma and abuse of a rape victim to his role in a movie. I keep hearing men and women making such remarks and recently too, I found a woman who made a joke along these lines. She used to say ‘I was raped by this’ or ‘I was raped by that’ with no thought on the repercussions of these statements.

“What we need to remember is rape culture is around us and all of these trivialising remarks add to it. As far as I can say, only perverts can make such statements. He is a disgrace.”

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