#MeToo Movement: The Gundecha Brothers allegations

Allegations of sexual assault have been made against the late Ramakant Gundecha by former pupils of the Dhrupad Sansthan Music School in central India. The two brothers, Umakant and Akhilesh have also faced allegations by female students of the school, which was owned by Ramakant; allegations have been denied by the brothers.

Students have been drawn from all over the world to study at Dhrupad Sansthan as a prestigious and accredited music school, made all the more desirable due to the found fame of owner Ramakant and brother Umakant within the Hindustani music world. The news of the allegations has therefore shaken the community with the brothers previously being known inspirations for many aspiring young musicians.

Initially one female former pupil of Ramakant came forward but has continued to use a false name to protect her identity. It was alleged that whilst she was a pupil at the school, Ramakant sent inappropriate Whatsapp messages during her first week and later drove her to a dark car park where he molested her, and months later she was raped. The distress caused was exacerbated by the victim’s commitment to her music studies – she had left her job and invested all of her money into the school.

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