Mahatma Gandhi’s letter accusing son of rape to go on sale in London

Mahatma-GandhiA British auction house has put on sale three explosive letters revealing Mahatma Gandhi’s deep concerns over the behaviour of his eldest son Harilal. Mullock’s Auctioneers are hoping to fetch over £100,000 for the letters written in June 1935. 

“You should know that your problem has become much more difficult for me even than our national freedom,” Gandhi says in one of the letters in reference to Harilal’s daughter Manu, who had come to stay with her grandfather at Sabarmati Ashram. “Manu is telling me number of dangerous things about you. She says that you had raped her before eight years and she was so much hurt that medical treatment was also to be taken.” 

Mullock’s said in a statement that the letters were written in Gujarati and were in good condition. “These have come via descent from a branch of Gandhi’s family to the present vendor,” the statement said. “As far as we are aware they have never before been seen in public and as such they provide remarkable new information on the troubled relationship Gandhi had with his son.”

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