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Chinmayi Sripada Calls Out Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Over Assault Video

Singer Chinmayi Sripada condemned the viral video of the Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in which he is seen assaulting one of his employees. She took to social media to slam his actions.

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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's Assault Video (Image: Screengrabbed from X video by @ghulamabbasshah).

A video clip circulated by Samma TV went viral on social media sparking widespread outrage about the Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan assaulting one of his employees over a bottle of alcohol. The viral video, which is believed to have been filmed at Khan's residence, shows him repeatedly slapping and kicking the employee.

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The alleged reason for the assault is unclear, but it has been reported that it may have been related to a missing bottle. However, the singer later released an apologising video clarifying that it was a 'student-teacher' thing. The 'Mast Magan' singer recently condemned Khan over his actions commenting on the incident on her social media handle. 

Chinmayi Sripada Calls Out Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Over Assault Video

The music industry is reeling after a video surfaced online showing renowned Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan physically assaulting an employee. The video, which quickly went viral, sparked widespread condemnation, with many calling for accountability. Among the most vocal critics is Indian playback singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who took to social media to slam Khan's actions.

Sripada, a vocal advocate for women's rights and survivor of sexual harassment herself did not hold back in her criticism of Khan. In a series of posts on Twitter, she called his actions "horrendous" and "unacceptable."

Chinmayi Sripada's Post

On Saturday, Sripada took it on her X (Formerly Twitter) and wrote: "The justification he gives here is 'The teacher showers love on the student when they do well, and the punishment is equally harsh when they make a mistake.'"

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Sripada also wrote: "Gurus get protected by the 'divinity' of their position, regardless of the faith/religion they practice - all their transgressions, from violence, and emotional abuse to sexual abuse is condoned for the sake of their 'artistry', 'talent' etc etc. This needs to stop."

Khan's Apology and Justification

Following the online backlash, Khan issued a video apology, claiming that the incident was a "personal matter" between a teacher and a student. He also attempted to justify his actions by saying that he was simply "disciplining" the student and also revealed the identity of the student as Naveed Hussain who was being "punished" in the video. 

Hussain in the same video clarified the video was mistaken by people due to the "bottle" which did not have alcohol but sanctified water by Pir that he misplaced which upset his Guru. Hussain clarified that he considers Khan as his father and his teacher.

While Khan apologised and asked for Hussain's forgiveness, his explanation has done little to appease critics. Many have pointed out that violence is never acceptable, regardless of the relationship between the individuals involved.

Wider Implications

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The incident has ignited a broader discussion about power dynamics in the music industry, particularly the teacher-student relationship. It has also raised questions about the issue of artist impunity and the need for accountability for those in positions of power.

Sripada's intervention has brought the issue to the forefront for public discourse. Her powerful voice has resonated with many, who are demanding that Khan should be held accountable for his actions.

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