MeToo: M.J. Akbar raped me, says former ‘Asian Age’ journalist

Pallavi Gogoi, who was 23 at the time, said M J Akbar would "defile me sexually, verbally, emotionally".


In a shocking revelation, after several sexual harassment cases against ex-Union Minister MJ Akbar, another case has come to the front. Former Asian Age journalist has claimed that she was raped by Akbar.


In her account in The Washington Post, Gogoi details her ordeal. The newspaper got in touch with Akbar’s lawyer Sandeep Kapur. The report said, “We reached out to Sandeep Kapur, MJ Akbar’s lawyer, for comment on the accounts laid out in this piece. The response: “My client states that these [incidents and allegations] are false and expressly denied.””

The woman journalist narrates her ordeal of harassments faced at the hands of Akbar. From initially trying to forcefully kiss her, to scratching her face, when she resisted his attempt to finally managing to rip her clothes off and rape her at a hotel in Jaipur. Last month, Akbar resigned from his post, after he was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women in the #MeToo movement. MJ Akbar Resigns as MoS For External Affairs Amid #MeToo Allegations.

MJ Akbar on Wednesday recorded his statement before the Delhi’s Patiala House Court in the defamation case filed by him against journalist Priya Ramani. The bench took cognizance of his testament and fixed November 12 as the next date of hearing. #MeToo Row: MJ Akbar Records Statement Before Court in Defamation Case Against Journalist Priya Ramani; Next Hearing on November 12.

The criminal defamation suit was admitted by the Patiala House Court on October 18. However, 20 other journalists have come out in support of Ramani, and testified against Akbar in a joint statement. The scribes claim that they were sexually harassed by Akbar when he presided over the editorial team in the Asian Age.