Pooja Bedi, Band of Boys members back rape accused Karan Oberoi

TV actor Karan Oberoi has been accused of blackmailing and raping a female Mumbai astrologer. He was taken to police cutody till May 9 and was produced in the court yesterday. Karan Oberoi’s good friend Pooja Bedi and ‘Band of Boys’ members came out in support of Karan.

In response to the question of IANS on inequalities that exist in the law, at the press meet, Pooja said: "Taking the history of our country in consideration and the patriarchal society that we are living in, there is a situation where a rape victim goes to the police station and her complaint does not get registered, which is wrong. So we need laws against rape and such violence; but at the same time, if a large number of women are misusing the law or if they are not respecting the law that is meant to protect them and rather taking advantage of it, we need to think about how to protect the right of a man as well!"

She added: "It is unfortunate to see such a kind man being subjected to something like this; the reputation damage, the family trauma, all these are unacceptable to me. There are a number of cases where women are not using the law, they are misusing the law."

The victim in her complaint said that Karan raped her in the pretext of marrying her.

Karan's lawyer Advocate Dinesh Tiwari, who was also present there, told IANS: "Though it will be little tougher for first few days but considering the fact that we have all the evidence to prove that my client is innocent, we should get him bailed".

All the band members who were present at the press meet emphasised on the contradictory situation that proves the allegation false.

He further said: "In one statement, she said that she was sexually assaulted and then she mentioned that she was ready to marry my client (Karan). How could you get ready to marry someone whom later you call a rapist?"

Pooja reads out one of the messages that the victim has sent to Karan, "Karan, I am being open and upfront. Can we have sex, without thinking about future, emotions and anything else just for now, as my body needs it? And I do not feel comfortable to indulge with anyone else, so let me know what do you think about it."

Then Pooja questions, "Isn't it clear that the relationship was one-sided and Karan was approached many times with such messages?"