The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken suo moto cognizance of Tamil actor Mansoor Ali Khan’s derogatory remarks about female actors, especially Trisha. At a press conference, Mansoor, who was part of Vijay-Trisha’s Leo, said that there was no “bedroom scene with Trisha” like he had with many female actors in his earlier films. His crass and misogynistic statement is facing severe backlash from many celebrities including Leo’s director Lokesh Kanagaraj, who is admittedly a fan of Mansoor’s acting. Now, National Commission for Women has taken suo moto cognizance of the matter.
An official tweet from NCW states that they have directed Deputy General of Police to invoke IPC Section 509 B and other relevant laws against Mansoor. The section is for sexual harassment by electronic mode. According to the section of Indian Penal Code, “Whoever, by means of telecommunication device or by any other electronic mode including internet, makes creates, solicits or initiates the transmission of any comment, request, suggestion, proposal, image or other communication, which is obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy or indecent with intent to harass or cause or having knowledge that it would harass or cause annoyance or mental agony to a woman shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but may extend to two years and shall also be liable to fine.”
Mansoor Ali Khan, in a press conference, said, “When I heard that I was acting with Trisha, I thought there would be a bedroom scene in the film. I thought I would carry her to the bedroom just like I did with other actresses in my earlier movies. I have done so many rape scenes and it’s not new to me. But these guys didn’t even show Trisha to me on the sets during the shoot in Kashmir.”
Trisha reacted to the statement and called it ‘disgusting’. She also added, “He can keep wishing but I am grateful never to have shared screen space with someone as pathetic as him and I will make sure it never happens for the rest of my film career as well. People like him bring a bad name to mankind.”
Singer Chinmayi, Khushbu Sundar, and many other stars also condemned Mansoor Ali Khan’s statement.