Shah Rukh: Women get raped because men rape them, not because of what they wear

Bollywood superstar jumps into burning debate after Delhi gang-rape

Shah Rukh Khan has always been surrounded by women. His grandmother had brought him and she taught him to respect women.

“I can never allow myself to even address a woman rudely. My grandmom has inculcated deeply within me that a woman needs to respected at all times.

Now with my daughter too I can never address her sheepishly. I always address her as ‘aap’ (respectable form of ‘you’ in Urdu) ,” he says.

Shah Rukh Khan says of the Delhi gang-rape victim: “I am extremely shocked, saddened and disgusted.

“I have been watching and reading a lot about it. We hear some talk about women inviting trouble because of the way they dress or when they travel alone late at night.

“I would like to say that women do not get raped because of these things, they get raped because men rape them. That is the main issue here.”

He adds, “Men in our society need to understand this, we need to take a call. It is a very sad incident.

Instead of politicising it, we should take action by making more stringent laws, having courts that can dispense justice swiftly and of course, we should have a special task force in every city, every state, which should look into such heinous crimes.

“I have been brought up by women, I have been surrounded by women, have been personally and professionally been encouraged by women in every sphere of my life. I have an immense amount of respect for women.”

 

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