A great Author and American model, television host, and executive producer Padma Lakshmi has revealed after almost 32 years that she was raped when she was 16 years old. In an opinion piece in the New York Times, the American TV anchor penned down the reasons that made her remain silent about it for so long. It was in a suburb of Los Angeles that she had just started dating a “charming and handsome” 23-year-old man. According to Padma Lakshmi, she was raped by him just a few months after they started dating, on a New Year’s Evening. What compelled Padma Lakshmi to come out of the closet was recent accusations of sexual assault against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In an opinion write-up in the New York Times, Padma Lakshmi, who was the former wife of noted author Salman Rushdie, revealed that she understands why the women Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez talked about their experience so late.
I was 7 years old When I was raped
Padma Lakshmi said that when she was 7 years old, a relative of her mother’s second husband had sexually exploited her. I told this about my mother but I was sent away from there. After this, when I was 16 years old and a virgin then my boyfriend has harassed me. The talk is from the 80’s and the ‘date rape’ was not discussed at the time. I was quite embarrassed and embarrassed.
I wrote an Op-Ed for @nytimes about something terrible that happened to me in my youth, something that happens to young women every day. We all have an opportunity to change the narrative and believe survivors. https://t.co/pqFt50t4R1
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) September 25, 2018
Commenting on the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag, Padma Lakshmi tweeted that at the age of 23, my harassment happened the third time in my life. At that time I was very scared because neither of me nor I had any of mine. I thought that if I ask someone again then no one will believe me.
Reaction on Twitter after Padma Lakshmi revealed about her Rape Incident
"I’d always thought that when I lost my virginity, it would be a big deal — or at least a conscious decision." https://t.co/aq2Qu6rrxg
— Alexandra Svokos (@asvokos) September 25, 2018
"Some say a man shouldn’t pay a price for an act he committed as a teenager. But the woman pays the price for the rest of her life, and so do the people who love her." By @PadmaLakshmi https://t.co/sGifhjweBs
— rama lakshmi (@RamaNewDelhi) September 26, 2018
“we all have a lot to lose if we put a time limit on telling the truth about sexual assault and if we hold on to the codes of silence that for generations have allowed men to hurt women with impunity.” @PadmaLakshmi @NYTimes https://t.co/P8XrT27a7E
— RED BARAAT (@redbaraat) September 26, 2018
Salman Rushdie’s first meeting with Padma Lakshmi took place in 1999. At the time of marriage, Salman Rushdie was 51 and had taken the divorced with his third wife, while Lakshmi was only 28 years old at that time. After the divorce, Lakshmi had said in an interview, “I tried very hard to stay with him but everything was not going well.”
Padma Lakshmi, as said, “The physical relationship with Salman was extremely painful, and when I refused to say, he said- how easily you make excuses. Due to this pain, there was an internal illness had appeared in my body, due to which I had passed 5 hours of surgery. ”