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Watch This Indian Actress Shut Down A Reporter For Telling Her To Keep Quiet About Women's Rights

"As a woman, I should lie about the state of women that's in our country?"

Posted on November 27, 2013, at 11:38 a.m. ET

Actress Mallika Sherawat was giving a press conference when a local female journalist called her out on once saying that India was "regressive and depressing."

"I think you need to do your homework well," Sherawat replied. And then let loose.

"Indian society is regressive for women."

"With female feticide, infanticide happening on an almost daily basis; with gang rapes making the headlines of almost every newspaper; with honor killings..."

"I think it's a very, very regressive state for women."

"And I stand by it!"

The journalist fought back, saying that by focusing on the state of women, Sherawat was giving India a bad name abroad.

"As a woman, I should lie about the state of women that's in our country? So I didn't lie. I said the truth."

Watch the whole testy exchange here:

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H/T Jerome Taylor

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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