New Delhi, Nov 2 (IENews) Coming out in defence after Pallavi Gogoi revelations of rape by her husband, former Union minister of state for external affairs, Mallika Akbar wife of MJ Akbar states, “I don’t know the reason for Pallavi telling this lie, but a lie it is.”
Speaking to the ANI agency, Mallika Akbar, stated, “I have been silent all this while as a ‘me too’ campaign has been unleashed against my husband, Mr. MJ Akbar. However, the Washington Post article by Pallavi Gogoi alleging that she was raped by him forces me to step in with what I know to be true.”
She further states in her press note, “Over 20 yrs ago, Pallavi Gogoi caused unhappiness & discord in our home. I learned of her & 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.”
“At an Asian Age party at our home, crowded with young journalists, I have watched with mortification and pain as they danced close. I had confronted my husband at the time and he decided to prioritise his family,” Mallika Akbar reveals.
Tushita Patel and Pallavi Gogoi were often at our home, happily drinking and dining with us. Neither carried the haunted look of victims of sexual assault. I don’t know Pallavi’s reasons for telling this lie but a lie it is, Mallika Akbar asserts.