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Mumbai, India, 29 June 2016
1. Wide shot interior Commission building
2. Medium camera operator
3. Various of Vijaya Rahatkar, president of Maharashtra State Commission for Women, settling down for a press briefing
4. Cutaway media
5. SOUNDBITE (Hindi) Vijaya Rahatkar, president of Maharashtra State Commission for Women:
"The State Women Commission and the National Commission for Women have concurrent powers. The proceedings can take place before the State Women Commission. So what they have said (the lawyer's response) has no basis, and that's why the Commission has rejected the argument. And further, the State Women Commission has ordered that he should be present along with his lawyer on July 7."
SALMAN KHAN SUMMONED BEFORE STATE-APPOINTED PANEL, FOLLOWING CONTROVERSIAL REMARKS
India's Maharashtra State Commission for Women has summoned Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to appear before a state-appointed panel, following controversial remarks he made last week.
Khan caused a public uproar when he told reporters that shooting his upcoming movie was so grueling, he felt like a raped woman.
The actor's analogy struck a painful chord in India, where sexual violence against women is rampant but was largely unmentioned until just a few years ago. While the topic is still taboo in some places, a protest movement has erupted in cities with demand for better safety for women and harsher punishment for rapists.
Khan's remark was considered particularly damaging given his immense popularity as a leading romance and action star in the Bollywood film industry.
The public fury and social media backlash against the actor's comments proved so great that his father, Salim Khan, apologized on his son's behalf.
The National Commission for Women had sought an immediate apology from the superstar.
According to the Commission, Khan's lawyer responded in a letter, but did not apologize for the remarks his client made while speaking with journalists about his role as a professional wrestler in new film "Sultan."
Vijaya Rahatkar, president of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women, ordered Tuesday (29 June 2016) that Khan appear in front of a state-appointed panel, along with his legal counsel, on July 7.