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Relationship was based on coercion not consensual: Pallavi Gogoi

Former Union Minster MJ Akbar, who had to resign as minister over sexual harassment allegations against him, was accused of rape by this US-based journalist who worked with him over two decades ago.


Devdiscourse News Desk washington dc India
Updated: 03-11-2018 01:46 IST
Relationship was based on coercion not consensual: Pallavi Gogoi

In response to M J Akbar's contention that he had "consensual relationship" spanning several months with journalist Pallavi Gogoi, the journalist says it was not. A relationship that is based on coercion, and abuse of power, is not consensual. I stand by every word in my published account, tweets journalist Pallavi Gogoi.

Former Union Minster MJ Akbar, who had to resign as minister over sexual harassment allegations against him, was accused of rape by this US-based journalist who worked with him over two decades ago.

MJ Akbar has dismissed the allegations as false, his lawyer told The Washington Post, which has published the first-person account of Pallavi Gogoi, an editor at the National Public Radio (NPR).

Pallavi Gogoi in a post said, "In his hotel room, even though I fought him, he was physically more powerful. He ripped off my clothes and raped me. Instead of reporting him to the police, I was filled with shame. I didn't tell anyone about this then. Would anyone have believed me? I blamed myself. Why did I go to the hotel room?"

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COUNTRY : India

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