MJ Akbar denies rape charges by US-based Journalist, Says ‘relationship was consensual’

MJ Akbar

New Delhi, Nov 2: Former Union Minister MJ Akbar on Friday denied rape allegations by US-based Journalist Pallavi Gogoi and said that the relationship between the two was consensual.

Meanwhile, supporting her husband, Akbar’s wife Mallika stated the “relationship caused unhappiness and discord in our home.”

Akbar in a statement to ANI said Gogoi’s article published on November 2 in the Washington Post had detailed “false allegations of rape and violence against me”.

“I have had occasion to read this article and it has become necessary, at this point in time, to bring certain facts to light. Somewhere around 1994, Pallavi Gogoi and I entered into consensual relationship that spanned several months.

“This relationship gave rise to talk and would later cause strife in my home life as well. This consensual relationship ended, perhaps not on best note,” he said.

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The former Union Minister hit the headlines after several women accused him of sexual misconduct in the wake of the #MeToo campaign.

Pallavi Gogoi, Chief Business Editor at National Public Radio, narrated her ordeal of working under Akbar when he was the editor of The Asian Age, in an article written under her byline for The Washington Post published on Friday (Thursday, India time).

She described the rape and various others incidents of sexual abuse on her 23 years ago as “the most painful memories of my life”.

On the other hand, MJ Akbar’s wife said that “I don’t know Pallavi’s reasons for telling this lie, but a lie it is”.

“I have been silent all this while as a ‘me too’ campaign has been unleashed against my husband, MJ Akbar. However, the Washington Post article by Pallavi Gogoi alleging that she was raped by him forces me to step in with what I know to be true”.

Mallika further stated “Over 20 years ago, Pallavi Gogoi caused unhappiness&discord in our home.I learned of her and my husband’s involvement through her calls and her public display of affection in my presence. In her flaunting the relationship, she caused anguish and hurt to my entire family”.


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