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‘Please save my husband’

Singer Kavita Krishnamurthy defends her husband against rape charges.

entertainment Updated: Sep 08, 2010 03:30 IST
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The entertainment industry has been rattled by news that violinist L Subramaniam — husband of playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthy — has been accused of attempted rape. The couple’s 27-year-old domestic helper, Bhagya, had levelled charges of sexual abuse on Subramaniam on Saturday, after being accused of theft by the couple.

Kavita says the recent case of actor Shiney Ahuja, who has also been accused of raping his maid, has led to a fear of ‘blackmail by the domestic helper’ among celebrities. “After Shiney Ahuja’s case, one is scared of maids threatening to blackmail. My husband is so simple and spiritual, he doesn’t even look at any woman.” She alleges that the maid stole money from her purse, then her daughter’s gold chain, and then €5000 from her husband’s drawer. “We lodged a complaint against her and then my husband left for Bhubaneshwar for a concert. A day later, a friend called to say that Bhagya has filed molestation charges against my husband. It is ridiculous.”

Defending her 63-year-old husband, the popular singer adds, “Please save my husband. He has worked 16 hours a day to reach this stage. No one has ever accused us of any wrongdoing. Celebrity victimisation seems to be becoming a trend. Please spare us middle class musicians from this.”

The incident has made many Bollywood personalities, especially aspiring male actors, afraid of hiring a female domestic helper. “I can’t imagine a person like L Subramaniam involved in this. Celebrities in India are soft targets for such allegations. Apart from police verification, one should also check the character certificate while hiring a maid,” says singer Kailash Kher.

“I won’t even think of keeping a female maid,” says actor Arjan Bajwa. “I don’t deny that maids are vulnerable to exploitation, but I won’t recommend hiring a full-time maid to even married celebrity friends, let alone bachelors. It’s becoming a tool to harass public figures.” “As a celebrity, you are always a soft target for such allegations. No domestic maids for me,” says TV actor Vishal Malhotra.