So Siddartha Mallya thinks that Zohal Habib, the woman who accused Royal Challengers player Luke Pomersbach of molesting her and physically assaulting her boyfriend, is not given to behaving like a good future wife. Why? Because she had been falling all over Siddartha that evening and *gasp* even asked for his bbm pin!!
My first thought upon reading about this was whether this wasn’t a case of sour grapes for Mallya Jr. I imagine he’d have reason to feel outraged if after all that ‘falling all over him’ this girl didn’t ask for anything more than his bbm pin!!
And then to go ahead and level such
serious trivial accusations on a key player in his IPL team, on whom his dad had spent truckloads of money! To jeopardize the team’s chances at this crucial juncture! What galling uppity!
What’s wrong with groping and trying to kiss some girl you’ve taken a fancy to, particularly after you’ve had one drink too many? It isn’t even as if she got raped, dammit !!
Surely she should have known that this is exactly what goes on at those IPL parties ? Surely it is incumbent on those with Sati-Savitri-esque pretensions to keep themselves safe by not straying within a mile of an IPL party venue? Surely everyone with an iota of sense knows that these parties are not the right place to be in for ‘future wives’?
Future husbands , of course , are exempt. Because, as you must know, it is immaterial whether the leaf falls on the thorn or the thorn falls on the leaf. It’s always the leaf that gets harmed, and so the leaf owes it to itself to keep out of harm’s way.
In all fairness,Vijay Mallya, the prince’s father and the king of good times himself, could not be faulted in his own response to the incident but if there is one thing all kings have in common with the commoners, it is this– they’d much rather die than publicly condemn their sons for any wrongdoing. So us commoners were treated to the spectacle of a contrite looking king insisting that his son was only airing his personal views and he thought nothing wrong with that.
Zohal Habib, on her part, was quick to threaten Mallya Jr. with a defamation suit if no apology was forthcoming within 48 hours. Mallya Jr. is unlikely to have apologized –whether he is taken to court for his remarks, as many of us hope, remains to be seen.
Habib’s primary case against Luke Pomersbach doesn’t appear to be an open-and-shut one. It is basically the accuser’s word against the defendant’s which could go either way and while she is apparently well-heeled, she is no match against the might of the Mallyas. I have a feeling that she will eventually be settling out of court.
Whatever the merits of the case, though, I kind of admire Habib for taking on a hostile media by insisting that they do not black out her face in their reports–something that left quite a few journos befuddled. The media didn’t quite know what to do with a victim who did not behave like a victim. Victim-blaming/shaming comes very naturally to our media but it ain’t no fun if the victim doesn’t seem to care! I also liked the fact that she chose to come on camera in an off-shoulder dress which I imagine isn’t the Indian cops’ idea of decent dressing. Yet nobody dared suggest that she might have been ‘provocatively dressed’ at the time of the alleged assault. They are obviously smarter than we give them credit for–they do realize that their self-righteous notions of propriety apply only to Indian citizens!