It is being alleged that I had circulated the DVD revealing details of the rape allegations against Khursheed Anwar by a woman volunteer of his organization. Some of his family members have made wild allegations against me on this count and they were holding me responsible for abetting his suicide. Some newspapers had reported that Kavita Krishnan of AIPWA had denied any involvement in the case.
I reproduce the full text of the letter sent by ISD Board Members to the Victim saying they had taken up the case on account of Kavita Krishnan's intervention and that an inquiry had been ordered by the Board of ISD. The letter states that "criminal charges" against Khursheed Anwar should be dealt with in accoradance with law of the land." It is noteworthy that the letter makes no mention whatsoever of my name or that of MANUSHI. And yet I have been the singular object of attack. See :
Facts of Khursheed Anwar Case
26 November 2013
from the Board of Trustees of ISD
are writing in connection with the allegations of violence that you have made
against the Director of ISD.
came to know about these allegations on 6 November 2013, through Kavita
Krishnan of AIPWA. Given Kavita’s commitment and credibility on women’s rights,
we took the information she gave us very seriously. An emergency board meeting
was held on 7 November, where it was decided to set up an independent external
enquiry to go into the charges and recommend appropriate action.
we were contacted by Nalin Mishra on 12 November 2013, who gave us a video
recording of a statement made by you on 19 September 2013. This statement makes
it clear that your allegations go far beyond the ambit of sexual harassment-
these are criminal charges and should be dealt with in accordance with the law
of the land.
are attaching a copy of the note on our meeting with Nalin, which we have also
shared with Kavita, Nalin and Dr.Ashutosh Kumar. As you see, we were told by
Nalin that he was acting independently in giving us the recording with your
testimony and that he had not been authorised by you to speak to us. In view of
the gravity of the charges, we felt that it would not be correct to proceed
without getting in touch with you and ascertaining your own views on the
have been trying for the last several days to contact you on your mobile to confirm
that you stand by your statement and wish to pursue the case. We also wanted to
assure you that we would support you in whatever course of action you decide to
take. Unfortunately, the mobile number given to us by Nalin seems to be
permanently switched off. Kavita has also been trying unsuccessfully to speak
we have not been able to speak to you, we are sending you this letter. We are
hoping that you will read it and will believe us when we say that we are
absolutely committed to pursuing this matter to its logical conclusion. Please
be assured that we….( LINE UNCLEAR IN THE XEROX COPY.)
are told by Nalin Mishra that you left Delhi in an extremely disturbed and
distressed state, and are no longer in contact with him or your other friends.
We completely understand your feelings and your desire for privacy.
Nevertheless, such serious charges must be formally addressed.
be assured that we will take every precaution to protect your privacy and
ensure your protection from any kind of pressure or harassment. You do not have
to come to Delhi or speak to us directly if you do not want to. You could send
us a response to this letter at the address below, stating that you stand by
your recorded statement and would like us to proceed in accordance with the
law. We will take immediate action.
look forward to your positive response to this letter. In case you would like
to speak to any of us, please let us know through Kavita or Dr.Ashutosh Kumar-
we will send you our numbers or call you at any number you give us.
Azhar, Kalyani Menon Sen, Purva Bhardwaj, Jayant Kumar, Juhi Jain, Sarita Chuahan
Flat no 200, Mandakini
Alaknanda, New Delhi
Contact numbers 011-45152774 and 09810329035
Photocopy of the letter sent by ISD Board members to the
Posted on December 21, 2013