MJ Akbar, “It was Consensual” after US-based journalist alleges rape

After a US-based journalist Ms. Pallavi Gogoi alleged MJ Akbar of raping her, the ex-Union Minister told the source that the two were in a consensual relationship, which did not end on a “best note”.

The journalist-turned-politician told the source that “Somewhere around 1994, Ms. Pallavi Gogoi and I entered into a 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 the best note.”

He continued that “People who worked with me and knew both of us have indicated that they would be happy to testify, and if the behavior of Pallavi Gogoi give any one of the impression that she was working under duress.”

MJ Akbar’s wife Mallika Akbar came out in media in defense of the ex-Union Minister for the first time since the allegation of sexual molestation to pile up against him. Mrs. Akbar agreed with her husband on the “consent” and said that “more than 20 years ago, Pallavi Gogoi caused unhappiness and discord in our home.”

In a statement, Mrs. Akbar said that “I learned about their involvement through her late-night phone calls and her public display of affection in my presence. I had confronted my husband at the time and he decided to prioritize his family.”

Journalist Gogoi has written in The Washington Post about her boss, MJ Akbar, accused of sexually misconducting her. Mr. Akbar’s lawyers came across a series of cryptic and undefined queries from the source regarding the incident accused to have taken over 23-years ago, said the former editor-in-chief of The Asian Age.

Mr. Akbar said that “these allegations were false and were consequently denied,” adding that “it has become necessary to bring certain facts to light.”

by Chandrani Sarkar on November 2, 2018

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