New Delhi: After facing severe criticism for his insensitive remark on Indian Army, veteran actor Om Puri expressed regret and stated that he deserves punishment.
"I am very embarrassed at what I said and I deserve punishment, not forgiveness. I first apologise to his (an Uri attack martyr) family, if at all they will forgive me, I apologise to the whole country, the Army. I know it’s not justified that you say so much and then think a sorry will make it right," Om Puri said.
“I am guilty and I deserve a punishment. I want to be tried by the army, I should be court-martialed. I want a constructive punishment. The army should teach me how to use weapons and send me on the same site where that brave man sacrificed himself for the country. I don’t want to be forgiven. I am pleading to the nation I want to be punished,"
Hindustan Times quoted Puri as saying after a police complaint was filed against him.
Om Puri had almost seconded Salman Khan's views on Pakistani artists who come to India for work.
During a news debate earlier this week, Puri went on to say, ''Did we force them to join the army? My father was also in the army... We are proud of them (soldiers)... I am asking you: Do you want India and Pakistan to become Israel and Palestine?".