A TV host who was slapped by an audience member during a taping of a reality show held a press conference on Tuesday, stating that "this loser does not represent my beautiful faith".
According to AFP, 24-year-old Akil Malik emerged from the audience on the set of singing competition "India's Raw Star", and assaulted its host, Bollywood actress and model, Gauhar Khan.
Police quoted him as saying that "being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress".
"Actresses are the face of society and they should not wear skirts and short clothes as they make youngsters get attracted to them sexually," Indian publication Mid-day quoted the police as recording from Malik.
"These days, boys who are minors are also committing crimes such as rape and molestation and many of them keep obscene photographs of actresses in their pockets.
"If actresses stop wearing short clothes, crime will decrease and lead to a better society."
His alleged comments prompted angry responses from online commentators, who also criticised India's sexist cultural mindset that victimises women.
Video footage which captured the aftermath of the attack showed Khan reeling back from the shock of being slapped, while clutching the side of her face.
According to India media news outlets, the actress and model resumed taping of the programme after an hour.
Khan later thanked the public for their support and tweeted the following response: At the Mumbai press conference on Tuesday, Khan said:
"I thank my family, friends, fans, media, TV industry and film industry for all the love and support.
"I assure you all that I am hurt but not out. I am shocked but more determined. I felt injured but stronger than ever."
"This loser doesn't represent my beautiful faith which in itself means peace and submission.
"He apparently attacked me because I am an actress. He wanted to send out his warped message. I am using the same status to appeal to all women to stand against such acts.
"I can still feel the fire on my cheeks. I am here with a swollen face not to gain sympathy but to bring forth the truth."
The incident, which has been called "slapgate" by the Indian media, comes after a series of news about sexual violence in India, reported Australia's The Age.
Protests erupted in 2012 following the brutal gang rape and death of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi.
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