‘Never sexted, flirted, mo­lested, ha­rassed a woman’

Luv Ran­jan ren­ders un­con­di­tional apol­ogy af­ter sur­vivor’s ac­count of al­leged mis­con­duct

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“THIS has prob­a­bly been the long­est day of my life. Since the time I have read the al­le­ga­tions, I have been want­ing to re­act to them. I have been want­ing to shout out loud that every­one has gone mad, I have been want­ing to scream that I am not this man, I have been want­ing to clear my name. Friends and fam­ily have shown great sup­port, sup­port that has made me in­debted to them for life.

I am very aware of the fact I am the man who made Pyaar Ka Punch­nama and it be­comes very easy for some­one who doesn’t know me per­son­ally to be­lieve that I am guilty. Am I guilty? I have been want­ing to scream out loud that I am not. I have never mis­be­haved with a woman, never touched a woman who isn’t in love with me and I with her, I haven’t sexted, flirted, mo­lested or ha­rassed a woman. I haven’t.

Af­ter get­ting rid of my anger to­wards the whole thing, I have come to re­al­ize a few things. It doesn’t mat­ter that I be­lieve I haven’t done any­thing wrong, what mat­ters is that some­one has felt wronged.

I have made a lot of ef­fort in life to make women around me feel safe and com­fort­able which women who have known me or worked with me will vouch for. I have never in­tended to hurt some­one, and taken ut­most care to make sure that I don’t and in my heart, I know I haven’t. But again what mat­ters is that some­one has felt hurt. Can I be so ar­ro­gant about my­self to ig­nore that even if un­in­ten­tion­ally, some­one has got hurt. I can vouch for my in­ten­tion but I can’t de­cide how some­one should feel.

It doesn’t mat­ter that I don’t ac­cept the nar­ra­tive, what mat­ters is that some­one feels hurt enough to present this nar­ra­tive. I am not the man that I am be­ing por­trayed as. I never was, I never will be. Yet I apol­o­gise to who­ever I have caused hurt, who­ever I have not made feel com­fort­able enough. I apol­o­gise for not be­ing able to com­mu­ni­cate my in­tent, for not be­ing able to make some­one feel that I am the man that I have as­pired to be and I be­lieve I am.”

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