On November 30, Indian actress and model Gauahar Khan was presenting at reality singing show Raw Star when audience member Akil Malik approached the stage and slapped her. He later explained that he had a problem with her "short dresses."
Several celebrities tweeted at Khan to show their support:
Gauahar Khan herself hadn't spoken out about the incident until December 2, when she made this spot-on statement to the press:
She slammed her attacker, not for his beliefs, but for his method of expressing them:
She spoke up in defense of her own freedom of expression:
And she had an important message for all of India's girls and women:
The well-deserved outpouring of support hasn't slowed: