After a furore was created for two days over Aamir Khan’s remarks on ‘growingintolerance in he country’, the actor has come out and spoken against the protestors. Aamir said that those who are shouting obscenities at him are only proving his point further.
“Neither I, nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country. We never did, and nor would we like to in the future. Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said,” Aamir said on Wednesday.
He further said, “India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying. Secondly, I stand by everything that I have said in my interview. To all the people shouting obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point. To people calling me anti-national, I would like to say I am proud to be Indian, don’t need anyone’s endorsement for that.”
Aamir ended his statement by quoting Rabindranath Tagore’s poem “Where the mind is without fear, and the head is held high”.
The actor on Monday had said that his wife had once suggested moving out of the country fearing their son’s future. On Wednesday morning, Aamir Khan was slapped with sedition charges in Kanpur sessions court for his ‘intolerance’ statement and the hearing is set to take place on December 1. Advocate Manoj Kumar Dixit, who filed the case against Khan, said his ‘anti-national’ statement amounts to sedition.
The case has been filed under IPC section 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds) 153 B (Imputations) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief).