Pallavi Gogoi, writing a first person account in The Washington Post, accused editor-turned-politician MJ Akbar of raping her over two decades ago. Ghosh is currently an editor at the National Public Radio (NPR).
New Delhi: Former minister MJ Akbar has said the US-based journalist’s rape allegations against him are
false and the relationship between the two was consensual. Supporting her husband, Akbar’s wife said
the “relationship caused unhappiness and discord in our home”.
Pallavi Gogoi, writing a first person account in The Washington Post, accused editor-turned-politician
MJ Akbar of raping her over two decades ago. Gogoi is currently an editor at the National Public Radio
“On Oct 29, The Washington Post forwarded to my lawyers a series of cryptic and non-specific questions,
regarding incidents alleged to have taken place approximately 23 years ago. These allegations were
false and were consequently denied,” MJ Akbar said.
Writing in the paper, Gogoi says MJ Akbar “a brilliant journalist” was the Editor-in-Chief at The Asian
Age and “used his position to prey on me”. Gogoi writes she was a “22-year-old star-struck journalist”
when she joined the newspaper.
“Somewhere around 1994, Ms. Pallavi Gogoi and I entered into 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 best note,” said Akbar.
Akbar’s wife accused Gogoi of flaunting the relationship with him, which caused anguish and hurt to the
“Over 20 years ago, Pallavi Gogoi caused unhappiness and discord in our home. I learned of her and my
husband’s involvement through her calls and her public display of affection in my presence. In her
flaunting the relationship, she caused anguish and hurt to my entire family,” said Akbar’s wife
“I don’t know Pallavi’s reasons for telling this lie but a lie it is,” she added.
Akbar quit as junior foreign minister last month after several women journalists accused him of
inappropriate behaviour. He responded by suing journalist Priya Ramani, who spearheaded the movement
against him, for criminal defamation in a Delhi court.