Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan has apologised for defending the casting couch culture. Addressing the media, Saroj had said the Indian film industry “at least” provided jobs and did not abandon women after raping them. “I have already said I am sorry. But you don’t know the question that was asked... And now there’s so much ruckus,” Khan told PTI as a video of her interaction with the media did the rounds of television networks and social media.
In comments that come in the wake of the #MeToo campaign, which calls out sexual offenders, Khan put the onus on the woman and said the casting couch was not a new phenomenon. Even people in the government indulge in it, the 69-year-old choreographer. She was responding to a question from a journalist on Telugu actor Sri Reddy stripping in protest against the casting couch culture in the Telugu film industry.
“This has been happening since time immemorial. Somebody or the other tries to get cozy with every girl. Even people in the government do it. Why are you after the film industry? At least the industry provides employment. After all, it isn’t as if you are raped and abandoned,” Khan is heard as saying in the video.
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