Bollywood star Gauahar Khan 24 came to experience the unexpected when she suddenly found herself on the receiving end of a slap courtesy of an audience member who deemed her short dress unbecoming and offensive to Muslim standards.
At the time, the actress and model was hosting Bollywood program ‘Raw Star,’ a singing competition when audience member Akil Malik, 24 was able to approach the woman and slap her during the taped telecast.
Told the man: ‘Being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress.’
The Hindustan Times would quote an arresting police officer saying: ‘A preliminary probe has revealed that someone from the audience started teasing Khan to which she protested. An argument ensued between Gauhar and the man who was teasing her. Things turned ugly when the man suddenly slapped the actor.’
Of contention is how Malik was able to get so close to Khan so as to slap her in the first place with reports that security surrounding the show were supposedly airtight. At the time crowds were estimated at 2500 persons with up to 250 guards present in the studio at the time. The slap would come whilst Gauhar Khan was being escorted across stage.
Despite the shock and trauma of being un-expectantly slapped the Bollywood star would return to the set an hour later to continue filming whilst Malik would be arrested and charged with with molestation under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code.
The Bollywood star first made her presence known to audience members after parlaying from a modeling career into an acting career in 2009 whereby she has since appeared in over half a dozen films, including her break away role in Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. Of note the actress would also won Bigg Boss, the Indian version of reality TV show Big Brother, last year.