In a shocking turn of events, another female has come out in the open about her horrific experience with the choreographer Ganesh Acharya. The senior background dancer allegedly approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Tuesday alleging sexual abuse at the hands of Ganesh in 1990.
A Mid Day report quoted the complainant as saying, “It happened to me three decades ago. I have been married and have kids, but he hasn’t changed one bit. When I read about the FIR I knew I had to speak up too. In 1990, I used to go to Sahiba hall on Andheri West where several masters take dance classes. Acharya used to assist Kamal Masterji. I was 18 then and the working as a non-member dancer. One day, Acharya said it’s mandatory to learn Jive for auditions.”
The ordeal does not end there. The woman further opened up saying, “One day, he invited me to his class in Santacruz East. Classes were held on Sundays at 11am. His assistant Dilip picked me up from Khar subway and dropped me to a room on the first floor of Hotel East and West. I didn’t suspect anything till that point. There are no students. Acharya said Dilip has gone to bring the sound system and other students. On the pretext of teaching me Jive, he kissed my neck and cheeks.”
“ When I resisted, he threw me on the bed and said he wanted to make love to me and marry me. I kept saying no nut he kept moving his hands over my body. I was too terrified and told him I am on my period. He finally got off from me and said, kya yaar, mood kharab kar diya (you spoiled my mood).”
Ganesh told the press, “ I have explained in a press conference that some people are tarnishing my image because I took a stand against them. They control trade unions in the industry. My stand against them and in the interest of dancers is causing them losses. Everyone involved in these wrong doings against me will be exposed. They may do many such things against me, but I will not give up.”