Natasha Hemrajani molested by Kailash Kher and Zulfi Syed

Natasha Hemrajani is a photo journalist

Kailash Kher had been accused of sexual misconduct by two women, both of whom alleged that he made them uncomfortable by repeatedly touching their thigh during a professional meet. Female photo journalist accused popular folk and Bollywood singer Kailash Kher and model and ex-Bigg Boss contestant Zulfi Syed of sexually harassing her.

The journalist in a series of tweets revealed how Zulfi tried to force himself on her while she came to collect her phone from his room. “I walked up to the door to leave. He was standing right there, he grabbed me as soon as I reached for the handle, shoving me against the door and forcibly kissing me. I struggled and said I didn’t want this but he wouldn’t stop. I realised I was extremely vulnerable,” a spine-chilling tweet read. She thwarted the ‘near sexual assault’ by strategising instead of panicking and ran away as soon as she got an opportunity to do so.

Photographer Natasha Hemrajani alleged that Kher had touched her inappropriately in 2006 when she had gone over to his Mumbai home to click some pictures, along with another female colleague. Kher sat between the two women and touched them repeatedly during the course of the interaction, which led to the two women leaving shortly.

Kailash Kher says the news about a female journalist accusing him of harassment has left him extremely disappointed. While he says he is neither aware nor remembers the incident, he asserts that he respects humanity, especially women.

In his defense, Kailash said in a statement to IANS: “For all those who know me and have come across me, will know how much I respect humanity, especially women, even more for the ones who work in media since their work is difficult.”

I was travelling and when I heard about this news, I got extremely disappointed to know what my state of happiness has been taken for. I am neither aware of any such act that has been mentioned nor remember it.

“I am almost all the time in my own simple world, but in case anyone has taken or thought something differently about anything, then it is my sincere apology. My devotion to music makes me who I am and I am thankful for all the love and support,” he said.

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