Two women, Natasha Hemrajani & now Sona Mohapatra, have accused Kailash Kher of sexual misconduct.
Natasha Hemrajani, a female photojournalist, held Kher, who is responsible for iconic chartbusters like ‘Allah Ke Bande’, ‘Teri Deewani’ and ‘Kaise Batayein’, guilty of sexual misconduct.
According to Hemrajani, the singer kept placing his hand on her thighs intentionally, when she went to his home for an interview in 2006.
And now, doubling the accusations on the folk-influenced singer, musician Sona Mahapatra has revealed her uncomfortable encounter with the man.
Narrating the episode, Sona mentioned that she had met the Kailash Kher at Prithvi Cafe to talk about a concert where both their bands were supposed to perform. According to the female vocalist, the 45-year-old Kher kept his hand on her thigh and said, “You are so beautiful”. Not only that but Kailash added, “feel so good that a ‘musician got you’ (Ram) not an actor.”
In her series of tweets, Sona claimed that even after parting ways from the cafe, Kailash did not stop disturbing her.
On her way to Dhaka, he tried to reach her on phone several times. When she refused to pick up the call, Kailash got hold of her through the organizers and asked her to meet him in his room, skipping the sound check.
A furious Sona Mahapatra, who is known for standing up for the right, also advised Kher to start apologizing to the ‘countless’ women he has harassed.
It is outright shameful that we are literally waking up to a case of sexual abuse each an every day. However, the #metoo movement has definitely exposed the prevailing maltreatment of women within the industry and has paved the way for a new dawn. We hope all the people guilty of such crude behavior get the deserved punishment.
What is the Me Too movement?
The Me Too movement is a worldwide movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault.
The hashtag #MeToo spread virally in October 2017 on social media bringing to light the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace.
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