Jaya Prada recalls harassment by Azam Khan, says morphed photos pushed her to contemplate suicide

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Actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada has sensationally revealed how circulation of her morphed photos when her mentor Amar Singh was on dialysis made her contemplate suicide. Speaking at the Queensline Literature Festival in Mumbai, the two-term Samajwadi Party MP said that the circulation of her morphed photos made her realise that she did not want to live anymore.

Jaya Prada

“Amar Singh was on dialysis and my morphed pictures were being circulated in the region. I was crying and saying I don’t want to live anymore, I want to commit suicide. I was going through that trauma and no one supported me,” Jaya Prada was quoted by news agency PTI.

Taking objection to how her critics would frequently link her with Amar Singh romantically, Jaya Prada said that she could not silence her detractors even if she chose to tie him a rakhi.

Recalling how Samajwadi Party MLA Azam Khan allegedly harassed her, the former Bollywood actress said, “Even as a sitting MP (Member of Parliament) from a party, I wasn’t spared. Azam Khan harassed me. He attempted an acid attack on me. I had no certainty if I would be alive the next day. I would tell mother while leaving the house that I wasn’t sure if I would ever return home. I emerged out of it.”

In 2010, she was expelled from the SP along with Amar Singh, allegedly at the behest of Azam Khan, who in 2018 had called her a naachne wali (dancer). Addressing a crowd he said, “Padmaavat was released. I’ve heard that Khilji’s character is very bad…But one woman, a naachne waali (dancer), has made some comments about yours truly. Now you tell me. If I start entertaining naachne gaane waali, then how will I do politics. (applause)”

This was in response to Prada’s comments about Khan. She had said, “When I was watching Padmaavat, the Khilji’s character reminded me of Azam Khan. How he harassed me during the elections when I was contesting.”

 

 

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