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Darshan and Nikitha

Darshan and Nikitha

Homepage of the BBC News website today: Indian actress banned from the Kannada Film Producers Association for having an affair with south India’s action hero actor, Darshan. Apparently she has spoiled “the domestic harmony of a fellow actor”.

Of course she has, she’s a woman. It’s always the woman’s fault when a man has an affair behind his wife’s back. Nikhita Thukral should be stoned. In fact she almost was…

It’s irrelevant that Ms Thukral consistently denies these allegations. It’s irrelevant that Ms Thukral was never asked for her side of the story when the ban was issued. It’s irrelevant that Darshan’s wife contacted the police after an argument where he allegedly beat his wife up and threatened her with a gun. I do like the way beating one’s wife up and threatening her with a gun is described simply as an ‘argument’.

Darshan was arrested but his wife withdrew the accusations. Meanwhile supporters of Darshan congregated in their hundreds in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state, wielding rocks, though it’s not clear who they wanted to stone. Probably Ms Thukral for being a goading hussy.

Apparently “if Nikhita [Thukral] apologises for her behavior and says she will just work in films and not get involved in domestic affairs of fellow actors, we will withdraw the ban,” said a KFDA spokesperson. Or was it a spokesman?

Ms Thukral was quoted as asking “There’s nothing between us beyond a professional relationship. If Darshan has a problem with his wife, how am I responsible?”.

Well that’s a matter of opinion. It’s irrelevant whether you did or did not have an affair and it’s irrelevant that Mr Darshan has marital problems. The fact is you are a woman and you are Indian. It must be your fault.

And you wonder why Liz and I are involved in charities like the Sambhali Trust.

Read more: Darshan arrested for firing at his wife.

Read more: BBC’s report.