20 January, 2021

A Dear Deer Chase

Three nights in jail, and it may be just a start. Is Salman a victim of his celebrityhood? Or is the law right in making him a test case? Updates

P Lashkari
A Dear Deer Chase
Salman Khan loves dogs. He has two French mastiffs whom he calls My Son and My Jaan. To pamper their palate, he has special food from abroad flown down for them. To keep these thick-coated animals comfortable in Bombay's steamy heat, the ACs in his house run constantly at carefully controlled temperatures. Even when a stray dog in his neighbourhood died, Salman is said to have gone into deep depression. The same Salman Khan who is said to have shot coy, harmless chinkaras and black buck near Jodhpur in 1998 with a cold and steady hand. No wonder the superstar is often called a bundle of contradictions.

Salman is also a personality who seems to evoke extreme responses. While his fans and Bollywood—which has crores riding on his movies—rallied around the troubled star, calling the five-year sentence (if not the Rs-25,000 fine) awarded by the chief judicial magistrate of Jodhpur for hunting a chinkara as harsh and inhuman, environmentalists found it a shot in the arm for the cause of nature protection. "It's a good day for wildlife and conservation," said Kartick...


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