The Valmiki community from Pimpri-Chinchwad has decided to protest against a visit by Bollywood actor Salman Khan who is visiting the city for a promotional event.They have asked the Pune police commissioner to cancel the actor’s visit, especially since the law and order situation in the city is already tense.
In a chat show with co-actor Katrina Kaif Salman used the term ‘ bhangi’ in reference to his dancing skills. The video went viral, and protests broke out across the country.
Community leader advocate Sagar Charan, who is also vice-president of the complaint grievance cell committee of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s (PCMC) health department has filed a complaint against Khan. Charan said, “The police failed to take action against Khan despite the deadline has ended. We then came to know that the actor is visiting the Pune for a promotional programme. His presence would hurt the sentiments of the community and may create tension in the city.”
Another member, Motiram Thakar, said, “The actor used the word ‘bhangi’ on a TV show which clearly insults the entire Valmiki community. Shilpa Shetty, too, had used a similar term, but she apologized. Khan never did.”