Subhash Ghai drugged and raped me: Woman recounts horrific experience
This month, we've read chilling and horrific experiences about sexual assault and abuse. Women have come forward and shared their horrifying stories of sexual harassment at the hands of powerful and well-known people.
Tanushree Dutta triggered a moment of sorts when she accused Nana Patekar of sexual misconduct on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss (2008). Following this, many women have come forward and called out men like Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor and Kailash Kher for unwarranted advances and molestation.
Now, the next one to be accused is director Subhash Ghai. An anonymous woman shared her nightmarish experience. She says that while working with the director on a film many years ago, he drugged and raped her.
She wrote, "In the beginning, he would take me to music recordings and I would have to sit there till very late at night with other male members. When recordings finished, I took an auto home or he would drop me. He slowly started putting his hand on my thigh, giving me a big hug saying that I did good that day."
She added that he would call her for script sessions at his apartment in Lokhandwala. This was not the house that he stayed with his wife. He called it his "thinking pad." "In one of the script sessions, he started talking about how misunderstood he was in the industry and only I was the one who loved him. He pretended to weep and put his head on lap. Then when he was getting up, he kissed me forcefully. I was shocked and left that day."
Next day, he said in office, that "lovers have tiffs". The woman adds that she was too scared to leave work, as she had no other job and other form of financial security.
One evening after music session, he decided to have a drink. "He gave me a drink as well. It was spiked. After that, I remember getting into a car and I thought that he was driving me home. He took me to a hotel. I was wobbly, but he held me and took me to the suite. He took off my jeans and mounted me. I was trying to scream, but he put his hand over my mouth. I cried and passed out."
The next day he dropped her home. "I took a few days off and I was told that I won't be paid, if I quit now."
The woman says that she has never seen or spoken to him after that.
TW: drugging and raping. About Shubash Ghai. Told personally by the woman who faced the trauma. She's also a very credible media/lit personality. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/QpmGfy1s0VMahima Kukreja (@AGirlOfHerWords) October 11, 2018
TW: drugging and raping. About Shubash Ghai. Told personally by the woman who faced the trauma. She's also a very credible media/lit personality. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/YVMRZSpQc6Mahima Kukreja (@AGirlOfHerWords) October 11, 2018
Ghai has issued a statement denying the allegations.
"As I hear some allegation made against me...I state hereby to the best of my truth: It's very sad that it's becoming a fashion to malign anyone known bringing some stories from [the] past without any truth or half-truth if all [sic]."
"I deny strictly and firmly all false allegation[s] like these. I have always respected every woman in my life and at [the] workplace."
"If she claims this way [sic], she should go to [a] court of law and prove it. Justice will be done. Or I will go for defamation certainly."
Inputs from Piya Hingorani