Sex Escapades Of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Former Imf Chief Cooking His Own Goose
No matter, whatever people may say, most of us are interested in sleaze, sex and sexy tales. But the important thing, for the person indulging in the same, is to remain discreet and within the limits. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF chief has a similar past history as since he resigned, he has been defending charges of attempted rape on a hotel maid. Tristane Banon, a 31-year-old writer based in France, said she was then a trainee journalist and God Daughter of Strauss-Kahn’s second wife, recalled an incident in 2002 when the IMF chief assaulted her during a television interview. Strauss-Kahn, then in the opposition, had offered her an interview in a studio flat in Paris. She left out his name, but added that she was 22 at the time of attack, and was persuaded not to take action by her mother—a regional councillor in the Socialist Party and friend of the Strauss-Kahn family.
“At the time there was absolutely no doubt that it had happened. My error at the time was to think that it was a moment when he went off the rails,” said Banon’s mother Anne Mansouret. Strauss-Kahn was arrested on May 14, 2011, on charges of trying to rape a Manhattan hotel maid.
While sex workers are available around every nook and corner in USA and other European countries, the only difference is that it is a consensual sex and not a forced sex against wishes, as in the present case. Sex ethics, values and high morality are vital for any job, more so for an IMF chief. He is neither the first high-profile individual nor the last, who is being charged with sexual misdemeanour.
He is in good company of the powerful like the following Presidents of the USA and important people in countries. Bill Clinton is only the latest US President to be impeached for his sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky. The other US President, against whom extra marital allegation was made, was Thomas Jefferson, which has been confirmed through DNA testing on his descendants in 1998. DNA showed that Jefferson or one of his close male relatives was likely to be the father of Hemings’s last son, Eston. A later study by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation also concluded that Jefferson was likely to be the father of at least one of Hemings’s six children. Grover Cleveland, before he became the President, was named by a store clerk Maria Halpin as the father of her illegitimate son. Cleveland didn’t dispute the charge, and the child was quietly adopted out. Similar allegations were made against President Kennedy, LB Johnson and even Franklin D Roosevelt.
For Indian VIPs, the efforts are to put everything under the wrap. Even if media knows any sex escapade, it plays safe, to avoid any libel action. A Governor of Andhra Pradesh, sometime back, was caught on a hidden camera in his Raj Bhawan in bed with three women, and the images were shown on a local Telugu TV. Of course, Andhra High Court restrained the channel and the TV channel withdrew it. As it happens in almost all cases in India, nobody confesses to his or her involvement, the incident was denied. It led to the resignation of the Governor, who is involved in a paternity suit, where a young man has claimed him to be his biological father. There have been legends of sex scandals in Kerala as well as in J&K, involving powerful politicians and ministers. Amarmani Tripathi, an erstwhile Cabinet Minister in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested in September 2003 in connection with the murder of poetess Madhumita Shukla, with whom he allegedly had an affair, and who was brutally murdered.
After investigations revealed that she was carrying a foetus that matched the DNA of Tripathi, the Supreme Court rejected his bail plea; he is currently in jail, undergoing life imprisonment. Former Uttarakhand Revenue Minister Harak Singh Rawat had to resign in 2003, amid allegations of his links with an unwed mother. Opposition members had raised the issue of his alleged affair with the Assamese woman who later gave birth to a child. Even religious leaders have not been behind in having their share of carnal pleasure. A Bengaluru-based Swami’s sex tapes with a Tamil actress were telecast by Sun TV in Chennai.
The god men who are called Swamis are supposedly celibates or brahmacharis. They are not expected to indulge in worldly pleasures like sex. Such people are epitome of high moral integrity and supposedly to have godly characteristics. But what goes on behind the scenes, at least in some cases, is rarely revealed for public consumption.
Let us imagine as to what would have happened if Dominique Strauss-Kahn, or other foreign VIP had done the same in India. First of all the people who had hosted him would have denied the occurrence of any such incident. Secondly, the people in power, or those under debt or obligation would have said that it is ruining a person’s reputation without his being convicted.
It happened in my case, when an accused VVIP, holding the highest post in state, was ordered to be chargesheeted by me in fodder scam case. The then Prime Minister had said that I (read CBI, which I was heading) had ruined many a reputation, without a shred of evidence. Assessing the credibility of the evidence is the job of the court. Since ordinarily the government dare not interfere in judicial matters, they would have transferred the police chief, if he was not amenable. It happened in my case, and I was transferred out when I was abroad attending an Interpol conference.
This is apart from the pressure which might be put on the victim to deny the allegation and admit that she did on the instructions of the opposition to damn the Government of the day. Or if the victim was not amenable to pressure, then the money power (irrespective of the amount involved) would have been used to compromise. The media would have been pressurised to black out the news. Even if some section did not comply, it would have been made sure that the least amount of publicity was aired or printed.
The lesson that we can take from Dominique Strauss-Kahn case is that nobody should be allowed to get away, by forcing himself on anybody, because of any political office or influence. The effort should be to ensure not only timely but quick justice system, which at present takes ages to bring nemesis on the accused. We have to accept that sex is not the answer. Sex is the question. “Yes” is the answer, but only if the other party is willing. I am not a prude, but it is worthwhile to quote, what Don Schrader once said: “To hear many religious people talk, one would think God created the torso, head, legs and arms, but the devil slapped on the genitals.”
By Joginder Singh
(The writer is former Director, CBI)