He ripped off my clothes and raped me: Now, MJ Akbar accused of rape by woman journalist

Days after being accused of sexual harassment, the former minister of the state of external affairs MJ Akbar has now been accused of raping a US-based, India-born woman journalist. The woman journalist has accused MJ Akbar of raping her years ago when he was one of India’s leading editors.

Pallavi Gogoi, who is presently chief business editor of National Public Radio in the US, made the allegation against Akbar in a column in the Washington Post on Thursday. Gogoi wrote that the abuse suffered when working under Akbar at the Asian Age were the “most painful memories of my life. I have shelved them away for 23 years.”


Pallavi Gogoi

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 Those before me have given me the courage to reach into the recesses of my mind and confront the monster that I escaped from decades ago. Together, our voices tell a different truth @TushitaPatel @SuparnaSharma @priyaramani  @ghazalawahab 
My story https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/11/01/as-a-young-journalist-in-india-i-was-raped-by-m-j-akbar-here-is-my-story/?utm_term=.9151f1b5541a …

2:52 AM - Nov 2, 2018

Opinion | As a young journalist in India, I was raped by M.J. Akbar. Here is my story.
I know what it is like to be victimized by powerful men like Akbar.

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Pallavi Gogoi revealed shocking details of the incident while recalling the incident she wrote that the incident took place in a hotel in Jaipur. “He ripped off my clothes and raped me,” Pallavi writes in her blog for the Washington Post. “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,” Gogoi wrote in the Washington Post. Pallavi was the editor of the op-ed page of the Asian Age at the time of the alleged rape. She was 23.

Earlier, at least 12 women have accused the former minister of the state of external affairs MJ Akbar of sexual harassment and molestation. But this is the first time when female journalist have openly accused MJ Akbar of rape. Akbar resigned from his ministerial post on October 17, but filed a defamation suit against one a journalist named Priya Ramani who had accused him of sexual harassment.




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