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'My Reaction Was Simply Self Defense': Yami Gautam On Being ‘Disrespectful’ To Assamese Fan

Yami Gautam Was Recently In Guwahati To Flag Off The Great Guwahati Marathon 2020. When She Arrived At The Airport, A Fan Tried To Put A Gamosa Around Her Neck, As A Sign Of Welcome Without Her Permission.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pallavi Singh | Updated on: 02 Mar 2020, 12:51:24 PM

Yami Gautam (Photo Credit: Twitter)

New Delhi:

Yami Gautam was recently in Guwahati to flag off the Great Guwahati Marathon 2020. When she arrived at the airport, a fan tried to put a gamosa around her neck, as a sign of welcome without her permission. The actress rejected the offering by pushing his hand away and her assistants also told the man to back off. The Bala star was then criticised for disrespecting and insulting the culture of Assam by rejecting the gamosa, a traditional scarf.

Yami Gautam clarified her reaction on Twitter and said that she was simply trying to defend herself. She wrote,"My reaction was simply self defense. As a woman, if I am uncomfortable with anyone getting too close to me, I or any other girl has every right to express it. I didn't intend to hurt anyone's sentiments but it's very important to voice out a behavior, inappropriate in any manner. (sic)"

In another tweet, Yami Gautam wrote, "This is my third visit to Assam.I have always expressed my love towards Assamese culture & people. It's insensitive to react to a single-sided story & spread hate. I am present here, in this beautiful state for an important event & shall always keep coming back .Peace & Respect."

Some hours later, the actress posted a pic of herself wearing the traditional gamosa and japi at the Great Guwahati Marathon. She captioned the picture as, "Had a great time flagging off Great Guwahati Marathon’ -2020 ! Was so good to see so many smiling faces & hence could feel the love ! Thank you for this beautiful Japi and Gamosa."

Yami found support in her fans who thought what she did was right. ''Yami , What you did was normal and should b done since nobody has right to cross the limit of overindulgence,'' read a comment. ''What is wrong in this, what did she do wrong..she only tried to defend her...this man was trying to go close to her without her permission,'' wrote another fan.

Some, however, still believed Yami could have accepted the offering. ''At least u should hv taken it in ur hand as a mark of respect instead of rejecting it so abruptly. It’s high time u people start respecting sentiments of others. You would have landed in bussines class but tat fan of urs would hv travelled in sunlight frm a far off place,'' read a tweet. ''He was carrying gamosa mam not any other dangerous thing which can hurt you. You may can also give respect by accepting his gamosa after your ‘self defence’,'' read another tweet.

On the work front, Yami was last seen in Bala with Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar. Her performance in the film was appreciated by fans and critics alike.

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First Published : 02 Mar 2020, 12:45:28 PM

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