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    Several Bollywood celebrities such as actress Shilpa Shetty, Salman Khan, Kangana Ranaut, and cricketer Yuvraj Singh have been booked for making remarks against the oppressed Dalit community.

    Bollywood Actress Yuvika Chaudhary has apologised after being called out for using a casteist slur in a recent YouTube video while discussing the oppressed Dalit community.

    In the video that's now gone viral, Yuvika comments on her appearance, saying, “Why do I always dress like a bh*ngi [an offensive term to describe people from the oppressed Dalit community] when I am shooting vlogs? (sic)."

    Outraged netizens have demanded her arrest for her insensitive remark on social media, with the hashtag #ArrestYuvikaChaudhary widely shared as a result. 

    ​After the public backlash, the actress apologised on Twitter and said that she didn’t know the meaning of the word she used in her vlog and didn't mean to offend anyone. 

    Earlier this month, Indian television actress Munmun Dutta, who shot to fame with her show "Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah," was booked under India's Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Act for using racist language. 

    She later issued an apology, saying, “It was never said with the intent of insult, intimidate, humiliate or hurt anyone’s feelings. Because of my language barrier, I was genuinely misinformed about the meaning of the word.”

    ​Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh also found himself in hot water n June last year after using a casteist slur against Indian cricketer leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal during an Instagram live session. He apologised on social media.

    Last year, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, whose Twitter account has been permanently suspended, was also booked after a lawyer lodged a complaint against her anti-caste tweets. 

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