Pooja Bedi and Karan Oberoi.
A day after TV actor and singer Karan Oberoi was arrested on charges of rape and extortion, one of his best friends Pooja Bedi along with the members of his music band Band of Boys, urged on Tuesday that the existing laws to protect the voice of rape victim should be used in a responsible manner by the women.
When asked about the inequalities that exist in the law, Pooja Bedi answered, "Taking the history of our country in consideration and the patriarchal society that we are living in, there is a situation where a rape victim goes to the police station and her complaint does not get registered, which is wrong. So we need laws against rape and such violence; but at the same time, if a large number of women are misusing the law or if they are not respecting the law that is meant to protect them and rather taking advantage of it, we need to think about how to protect the right of a man as well!"
"It is unfortunate to see such a kind man being subjected to something like this; the reputation damage, the family trauma, all these are unacceptable to me. There are a number of cases where women are not using the law, they are misusing the law,’’ she added.
Karan Oberoi was arrested on Monday by the Mumbai Police for allegedly raping and blackmailing a woman. While the actor’s lawyer has said the allegations are false, the FIR made by the woman against the actor reads, ''Oberoi not only raped the woman and filmed the act but also demanded money from the victim threatening to release the video if she did not pay up.''
Karan is best known for playing the character of Raghav in popular Indian show Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi. He was last seen in web series Inside Edge.
(With inputs from IANS)