Meerut: Actor-turned-politician Nagma, pushed around by a crowd, slapped a man who allegedly groped her at a public meeting today in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, from where she is contesting next month's national election as the Congress candidate.
Nagma told NDTV "I may not return to Meerut if this happens again". She said she has been facing this sort of blatant harassment virtually every day as she campaigns.
The 39-year-old has reportedly hired bouncers and guards to keep her safe.
Last week, she was manhandled by Congress legislator Gajraj Singh, who grabbed her face and allegedly kissed her at an event. The incident was caught on camera. Nagma was seen removing his hand and walking off angrily, without addressing the crowd. (Congress legislator manhandles Nagma, no action despite visual evidence)
The visuals were aired repeatedly on channels and websites, but no action was taken against the Congress leader.
Nagma denied the incident and another Congress leader Pramod Katyan, who did speak up for her was apparently punished for it, which spurred allegations that the party did not want to risk making an enemy out of a legislator who can damage its chances of winning.
Mr Katyan was expelled on Monday, just after he criticized Gajraj Singh, saying, "He is an experienced leader. He should maintain the decorum expected of his position."