Bollywood star Salman Khan has been given a week to apologise after he told reporters his filming schedule was so gruelling he felt like a “raped woman”.
If not, the National Commission for Women (NCW) said he would be issued with a summons.
Khan had immediately realised his gaffe and retracted, but many media outlets carried only the “raped girl” comment.
He has been lambasted by outraged Twitter users, and the hashtag #InsensitiveSalman was trending on Tuesday.
A counter campaign is trending #Salmanmisquoted.
The brutal gang rape and murder of a pupil in 2012 in the Indian capital Delhi led to protests and new anti -rape laws in the country.
However, sexual attacks against children and women continue to be reported.
Khan is playing a fighter in his next film Sultan.
Khan’s full quotation, according to audio recordings released by the media was, “When I used to walk from that ring, it was previously really like a raped girl walking out”.
As journalists begin laughing, he says, “I don’t believe I should have” and tries to explain that he found it difficult to walk.