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Anand Jon’s family appeals to President Obama

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Anand Jon’s sister Sanjana Jon (left), U.S.-based model Lauren Boyette (centre), and mother Shashi Abraham addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Monday.
Anand Jon’s sister Sanjana Jon (left), U.S.-based model Lauren Boyette (centre), and mother Shashi Abraham addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Monday.

Parul Sharma

Fashion designer has been falsely accused in sexual abuse cases, asserts family

NEW DELHI: The family of Indian-American fashion designer Anand Jon, who has been convicted of several counts of sexual abuse, has appealed to U.S. President Barack Obama to look into the case, alleging “racial discrimination” and “conspiracy.”

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Jon’s sister Sanjana Jon and his mother Shashi Abraham said he was being victimised and had been “falsely accused” in the cases of sexual abuse.

“I request the Indian Government to intervene. I urge President Obama to look into the case. Being a person of colour, he knows about racial prejudice. If he does not, I will launch a fast-unto-death demanding justice for my brother,” said Ms. Sanjana fighting back tears.

“Anand was charged on 59 counts. Just before the trial began, several counts were dropped. He has held steadfast to his innocence and already beaten 43 counts. The only remaining rape count was based on a ‘negative’ rape kit test. My brother even took and passed a lie detector test. He is being framed. All the charges were levelled against him when his company was to get funding from the Wall Street,” she charged.

The family is here in India to mobilise support for Mr. Anand before a crucial hearing on April 1.Ms. Sanjana and her mother claimed that the U.S. media was not highlighting their side of the story.

U.S. model-cum-actor Lauren Boyette who claimed to be a witness, told reporters that Jon was being targeted as per a “conspiracy” hatched by one of the alleged victims.Ms. Abraham demanded a new and “fair” trial for her son.

March

The family supported by various students of Delhi University, including the Law Faculty, will stage a march to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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