#MeToo: Odia Singer Sona Mohapatra Accuses Kailash Kher Of Sexual Harassment, Calls Him ‘Serial Predator’

11 October 2018

Sangita Agarwal

Bhubaneswar: Maverick singing sensation Sona Mohapatra, famous for her audacious opinions and unconventional renditions, has joined the #MeToo tirade by tweeting a series sexual harassment allegations against singer Kailash Kher.

In her tweets, she alleged that Kher made inappropriate sexual advances towards her during a concert.She tweeted,” I met Kailash for coffee in Prithvi Café to discuss a forthcoming concert where both our bands were playing & after the usual, a hand on my thigh with lines likes, your so beautiful, feel so good that a ‘musician got you’ (Ram) not an actor. I left not soon after.”

She also said, “That did not deter Kailash Kher though. On landing in Dhaka & on my way to the venue with the organisers, keeps calling me & when I don’t pick up, calls the organisers phone to get through to me & asks me to ‘skip’ the soundcheck & join him in his room instead to ‘catch up’.

When a news report came in that Kher apologized a journalist for his misbehavior, Sona tweeted,“How many women will you apologise to Kailash Kher??? Start now. Will take a lifetime. “

Further when two women accused singer Kailash Kher of touching them inappropriately during a professional meet, and Kher said that ‘he was extremely disappointed, not aware of such an act' Sona reacted vehemently.

In her tweet, she retorted, “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.

When some accused her of being so late to bring up this issue, she tweeted, “To all the people accusing me of being so late about bringing up Kailash Kher’s bad behaviour. I say... my life. my choice. Now go, buzz off. (P.S if I started tweeting about every creep I encounter in life here, I would be doing this job full time)”

She even clarified over her accusations regarding Kailash Kher after two years. She tweeted, “Let me clarify, I wasn’t shedding either tears or scared because of Kailash Kher’s behaviour 2 years ago. I have dealt with lots of creeps like him in my life like many others. Only reason I shared this true set of incidents was to corroborate the other women’s claims about him.”