Salman, Shilpa in legal trouble for using word 'bhangi' on TV

The comments were met with the ire of the Valmiki community who lodged a police complaint against the two. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 23, 2017, 06.00 AM (IST)

A police complaint has been registered against Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty for allegedly using a derogatory word in a TV show.

While promoting his recently released film 'Tiger Zinda Hai', Salman reportedly used the word 'bhangi' to describe his dancing style. 

Shilpa, on the other hand, used the word to describe her choice of clothing at home.

The alleged comments were met with the ire of the Valmiki community, a  Dalit section, who lodged a police complaint against the two Bollywood stars. 

The community members also protested against the release of Salman's latest flick "Tiger Zinda Hai".

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has also sought a reply from the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry and the police commissioners of Delhi and Mumbai over the action taken against the actors as per the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act, 2015. 

The commission had issued the notice after it received a complaint from a former chairman of the Delhi Commission for Safai Karamcharis.