US journalist slams Akbar’s statement, says ‘relationship based on coercion is not consensual’

MJ Akbar

New Delhi, Nov 3: A US journalist, who has accused former Union Minister M.J. Akbar of rape, on Saturday refuted his claim that they had a “consensual relationship”, saying it wasn’t. 

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.

Reacting to her allegations, the former minister said that they had a “consensual relationship” even as his wife Mallika Akbar accused Gogoi of lying.

“Rather than take responsibility for his abuse of me and his serial predation of other young women who have courageously come forward, Akbar has insisted- just like other infamous serial sexual abusers of women–that the relationship was consensual. It was not,” rebuffing Akbar’s claim, Gogoi tweeted.

The Journalist attacked Akbar stating that “a relationship that is based on coercion, and abuse of power, is not consensual.”

“I stand by every word in my published account. I will continue to speak my truth so that other women who have been sexually assaulted by him know it is okay for them to come forward and speak their truth too,” Gogoi asserted.

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

Following the allegations, Akbar resigned as Minister of State for External Affairs on October 17.


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