Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 10 : After making a public apology over his sexist and misogynistic tweet on International Women's Day, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma on Friday said he never intended to be insensitive and was simply expressing himself through freedom of speech.
While interacting with the media, the ace director said, "If some women got offended by my tweets, then I never intended to be insensitive.
I just expressed my feelings as we are living in a country where there is freedom of speech, but in case anyone was offended, I apologize.
But I don't apologize to those people who threatened to take law into their hands." "The apology of mine was prompted in response to lot of women and people I know, who are sensitive about certain things.
I just thought I have responsibilities towards them, due to which I clarified on Twitter," he added. Earlier on Tuesday, Varma tweeted, "I wish all the women in the world give men as much happiness as Sunny Leone gives." And soon after the tweet a women's organisation filed a police complaint against him, saying Varma has gravely insulted women with his tweet.
Ranragini, which has affiliation to Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, filed a complaint with Mapusa police last evening with its local office-bearer Vishakha Mhambare demanding that Varma be booked under Cyber laws and section 292 of IPC.
On Friday evening, he put out a series of tweets apologising. "Was just expressing my feelings but I apologise to all who were offended due to my unintended insensitive tweets in context of women's day," Varma said.
"My apology is only to those who genuinely got offended and not to those who ranted for publicity nd threatened to take law into their hands," he added.