#MeToo: Union Minister MJ Akbar accused of sexual harassment by women journalists

It all began with journalist Priya Ramani's tweet, who had written an article on Akbar in Vogue India in October last year, without naming him.

Published: 09th October 2018 08:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th October 2018 09:24 PM   |  A+A-

Union Minister MJ Akbar (Photo | File/PTI)

By Online Desk

India's #MeToo movement has now reached the politicians. Women journalists have called out Union Minister and former journalist MJ Akbar's name on Twitter.

It all began with the tweet from journalist Priya Ramani, who had written an article on Akbar in Vogue India in October last year, without naming the minister.

In her article titled 'To the Harvey Weinsteins of the world,' Ramani narrated her experience with the former journalist and now minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar in a hotel room in Mumbai, where he had called her for an interview.

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"You’re an expert on obscene phone calls, texts, inappropriate compliments and not taking no for an answer. You know how to pinch, pat, rub, grab and assault. Speaking up against you still carries a heavy price that many young women cannot afford to pay," it read. 

Following Ramani, fellow women journalists took on to Twitter to narrate their ordeal. One of the journalists said that he would often conduct interviews in his bed and offer alcohol to women.

One of the journalists wrote on Twitter that a lot of women have a story to tell about.

"Can I come over to your house with a bottle of rum?" he said. NO, was the answer. Couldn't 'do' anything. Some don't get the meaning of No. they move on to the next, don't they," she wrote.

A lot of media persons have come in support of these women. "GOI must do order an immediate neutral investigation under court-mandated Sexual Harassment Rules," Senior journalist Barkha Dutt said in a tweet.  

The Ministry of external affairs is yet to respond to the allegations against the minister. Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was seen evading questions related to MJ Akbar in a video shot by a journalist. 

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi was the first BJP minister to break the silence and responded to the allegations against MJ Akbar.

“There must be an investigation. Men in a position of power often indulge in such acts,” a news report quoted Maneka Gandhi. 

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  • rohith

    Wow! you guys are quick to allege Modi government for this when all these allegations are made for the time when he was a journalist. Remember all these incidents are said to have happened in closed hotel rooms . So
    7 months ago reply
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