Jiah Khan’s sister accused Sajid Khan of sexual harassment in the second episode of the BBC documentary titled ‘Death in Bollywood’. Jiah’s sister, Karishma revealed that the director of ‘Houseful’ asked Jiah to take off her top and bra during the rehearsal when she was gazing at the scripts.
Jiah Khan is now added to the list with the other 6 women who had accused Sajid Khan of sexual harassment in the wake of the MeToo movement. Jiah died by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in June 2013 in a resort in Juhu, Mumbai. She worked in the movie ‘Houseful’ directed by Sajid Khan and with other Bollywood actors.
Victims of the sexual harassment by Sajid Khan:
This is not the first time when filmmaker, Sajid Khan has been accused of Sexual Harassment. Saloni Chopra, Rachel White, and a Journalist(unnamed), were also said to be the victim of this sexual harassment by Sajid Khan. Besides the three of them, Aahana Kumra, the actress of “Lipstick Under my Burkha”, also claimed Sajid Khan of sexual allegations. Actress Mandana Karimi and the Indian model Paula also joined the list of this harassment by Sajid Khan in 2014 and 2020 respectively. The actresses shared the blogs and some tweeted about the same during the MeToo movement.
Check out this blog written by Saloni Chopra
I finally decided to share my story with you. Writing this was like re-living all that horrible past I’d chosen to let go of, but I knew if I don’t today, I may never. So here’s #metoo #MetooIndia https://t.co/brouTYIBC7
— Saloni Chopra (@redheadchopra) October 11, 2018
How was Jiah harassed?
Jiah’s sister Karishma in the BBC documentary titled ‘Death in Bollywood’ which has only been released in the united kingdom, revealed that Jiah was reading her scripts during Rehearsal when Sajid came and asked her to take off her top and bra. She was dumbstruck and didn’t know what to do and said, “the filming hasn’t even begun yet and this is happening”. She came the home, crying, and said “I have a contract with him. If I leave, he’ll sue me and slander my name and if I stay, I’ll be sexually harassed. It is a lose-lose situation” So she continued to work with him. Whenever Sajid tried to hit on Jiah and made a sexual attempt on her, she always defended and guarded herself.
Karishma herself shared how she almost was the victim of this harassment. She said, “I remember going to Sajid Khan’s house with my big sister and I remember being around the kitchen table, must’ve been like 16 at this age. I was just wearing a strappy top and was leaned to the table and he was sort of staring and said ‘Oh she wants sex’. My sister Jiah immediately jumped to my defense and said “No what are you talking about’ and he said ‘Look at the way she’s sitting’. Jiah said ‘No she’s young, she’s innocent, she doesn’t know what she wants’ and then we left shortly after that”.
Jiah also had jokingly said in a press conference, “Can I say bad things about you Sajid, he’s the worst director I’ve ever worked with, made my life completely Hell.”
Is Sajid Khan the real cause behind Jiah’s suicide? Stay tuned to know.