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Intolerance debate: Aamir Khan asks wife Kiran Rao to leave Mumbai, sedition case filed against actor

Mumbai(PTI): Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has asked his wife Kiran Rao to leave Mumbai along with their child for a while, after Hindu right wing groups vociferously protested against the actor’s remarks on ‘growing intolerance’ in the country on Tuesday.

Aamir Khan

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Khan feels his wife and child are not safe in Mumbai at the moment, where the Hindu Sena on Tuesday protested outside his house.

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“Aamir has asked Kiran to leave Mumbai for 2-3 days since he has been worried about her safety. They have decided to not talk further on this issue,” HT reports quoting its sources.

It is also reported by ANI that a sedition case has been filed against Aamir Khan in a Kanpur court.

Aamir feels that he has said all he needs to and there is nothing more to say.

Controversial right wing leaders like BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi have hit back at Khan, asking for him to ‘go to Pakistan’ or several other countries, whose names they suggested.

“Out of Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel, they (Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan) should disclose the name of the country where they want to go. We will arrange tickets for them,” said Sadhvi Prachi on Tuesday.

Yogi Adityanath said, “Those who want to leave India must not be stopped.”

Actors Raveena Tandon and Anupam Kher had also slammed Khan for his remarks.

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“As an individual, as part of this country as a citizen, we read in the papers what is happening, we see it on the news and certainly, I have been alarmed. I can’t deny. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents,” Aamir had said while speaking at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.

“When I chat with Kiran at home, she says ‘Should we move out of India?’ That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm. You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That sense does exist in me,” 50-year-old Aamir said.

He had also supported the writers and intellectuals who returned their awards.

“A number of creative people — historians, scientists — increasingly had a certain feeling in them, which they felt they need to express. For creative people, one of the ways of expressing their dissatisfaction or their disappointment is to return their awards. I think that’s one way of getting your point across,” he said.

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