Bollywood Star Gauhar Khan Slapped for Wearing Short Dress
Bollywood actress and model Gauhar Khan was assaulted during the shooting of a reality television show by an audience member offended by the length of her dress.
Police in Mumbai arrested 24-year-old Mohammad Akil Malik for allegedly slapping Khan, 31, at FilmCity during a Sunday shooting of India’s Raw Star, the Times of India reports.
According to a police official, Malik had been an audience member for several days. He had been observing Khan, and at around 8:00 p.m. he suddenly made his way to the stage. Malik then attempted to touch the actress, who resisted and was struck by her assailant.
“He asked her how she could wear skimpy outfits and dance to cheap songs despite being a Muslim,” the police official explained.
BBC reports security personnel overpowered Malik and turned him in to police. He is expected to be charged with molestation and assault.
Malik allegedly told police that Khan’s religion prohibited her from wearing a short dress.
“Being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress,” he said, according to News.com.au.
Khan is known for winning the seventh season of Bigg Boss, India’s version of the popular international reality show “Big Brother.” She has starred in about half a dozen films and won praise for her role in the critically acclaimed 2009 comedy Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. She is also an accomplished model.