Congress Demands, Minister MJ Akbar, Accused Of Sex Harassment, Should Quit

Congress Demands, Minister MJ Akbar, Accused Of Sex Harassment, Should Quit

Congress Demands, Minister MJ Akbar, Accused Of Sex Harassment, Should Quit 

New Delhi: The junior foreign minister MJ Akbar's resignation has been demanded by the Congress party after a senior journalist in a tweet on October 8, accused him of sexual harassment, when he was an editor. 

"Union minister MJ Akbar should either give a satisfactory answer to the allegations or he should resign. We demand an inquiry into the matter," Congress lawmaker, Jaipal Reddy told news agency ANI. 

Manish Tiwari, the earlier Congress spokesperson said, silence is not an option. "This matter should be investigated. We would like to hear from both the minister in question and the Prime Minister on this issue," said Mr Tewari.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj  and Mr Akbar's senior did not reply when she was asked by a journalist about the allegations.

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On Tuesday, the union minister for women and child development, Maneka Gandhi became the first BJP leader to call for an investigation against the former editor, who was named in the snowballing #MeToo movement in India.

 

"There should be an investigation. Men in position of power often do this. This applies to media, politics and seniors working in companies. Now that women have started speaking out, we should take it seriously," the union minister for women and child development said, when asked about allegations surfacing against a "big" politician.

Mr Akbar was accussed of sexually harassing, some women journalists, during his stint as a journalist. Mr Akbar, who is believed to be in Nigeria, has not yet reacted to the controversy.

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