Following Protests From Valmiki Community, Shilpa Shetty Apologises

| December 24 , 2017 , 13:50 IST

The entire issue related to the 'derogatory' remark spewed by Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty hurting the sentiments of  Valmiki community members has been over-stretched. Given the protests exhibited by the people, who were supposedly hurt by their comments and the FIR lodged against the stars at Kotwali police station in Rajasthan’s Churu district, Shilpa had enough.

With the perspective of concluding the controversy, Shetty apologised for hurting the sentiments of any community or individual through a series of tweets on Saturday. She started her apology, "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…"

Shilpa further added, "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. (sic)." In a recent video which broke the internet a few days back of a conversation between Shilpa and Salman was taken as hurtful by many for the usage of a specific word which led to protests against Khan's latest release.

Barhat Rahul Manhardan, Churu district’s SP told a leading daily, "An FIR has been lodged against Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty under relevant sections of the SC/ST Act and section 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of IPC."

Following the release of Salman Khan's Tiger Zinda Hai, members of the Valmiki community staged demonstrations outside cinema halls in Jaipur and tore posters of the film. The community members claimed that the similar protests have been held at Uttar Pradesh, following which 10 protestors were taken into custody.

A Valmiki community spokesperson said, "Salman hurt the sentiments of the Valmiki community….. We are holding state-wide protests in Rajasthan… We demand that Khan issue an apology to the community."