Sources Say: MJ Akbar To Take Call On Quitting, On #MeToo Allegations

Sources Say: MJ Akbar To Take Call On Quitting, On #MeToo Allegations

Sources Say: MJ Akbar To Take Call On Quitting, On #MeToo Allegations 

New Delhi: Today, the government sources said that MJ Akbar, the Union Minister will take a call on whether to resign after being accused of sex harassment by six women in the tide of #MeToo allegations in India.

The former editor, MJ Akbar who is junior foreign minister in the BJP-led government, was away in Nigeria's Lagos for a Mahatma Gandhi event when the allegations surfaced against him.

The top sources denied reports that Mr Akbar had been asked to cut short his trip and resign and said that "These are speculative stories."

They said that Mr Akbar's version would be heard after he returned.

"There is no FIR or formal complaint. These are moral issues and he should take a call," said sources.

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No comment has been passed by top ministers, including Mr Akbar's boss, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. The Congress and opposition party has demanded that Mr Akbar come clean or resign.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said, "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 first person to call MJ Akbar out was Journalist Priya Ramani. She named him as the man in an incident she had shared in a magazine article when the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the US led to an explosion of #MeToo allegations.

Soon more women journalists came out with their accounts.

"How many more women need to speak up before the government breaks its silence on sexual harassment allegations against union minister MJ Akbar?," the CPM, questioning the government's silence, asked.

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