With many women coming forward and sharing their horror stories of sexual harassment at the hands of powerful men in various industries, the #MeToo movement is picking up steam in India.
Filmmakers and actors like Subhash Ghai, Rajat Kapoor and Sajid Khan have been accused of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behaviour.
There have been several allegations against singer Kailash Kher as well. However, he has vehemently denied them.
After Sona Mohapatra supported a woman’s allegations against the singer, another anonymous woman came forward with her own experience.
Recently, singer Varsha Singh Dhanoa has also hurled allegations against him, in a music video that she has posted online.
Varsha claimed Kher had called her to say he wanted to meet her and went on to message her saying, “I want to make love to you.”
In her video, Varsha also accused singer Toshi Sabri, saying that he called her for a recording and insisted that she sit with him in his car and offered her liquor. He then put his hand on her thigh. She also said that he tried to force himself on her in a record room. She said that she was going through depression at this point, and the incident scarred her. As a result, she couldn’t meet any director for her singing career.
Just last week, Sona had written several tweets, where she accused Kher of harassing her. Once when she met him for coffee to discuss a forthcoming concert, he allegedly put a hand on her thigh and said things like, “You’re so beautiful” and “I feel so good that a ‘musician (Ram Sampath) got you’ and not an actor”. She left soon after.
She added that it would “take a lifetime” for him to apologise to all the women he has misbehaved with. “The shamelessness of this man. To call himself ‘simple’, ‘devoted to music’ & even claiming amnesia. If this chap could dare try this stunt with me, it’s a disease that he has & I can vouch for not only these two women’s stories but hundreds more he would’ve have preyed on,” she wrote.