Congress seeks inquiry into harassment allegations against M J Akbar

New Delhi, Oct 10: The Congress on Wednesday sought an inquiry into sexual harassment allegations made against Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar.

Addressing a press conference, Senior Congress leader Jaipal Reddy said that “Union Minister M J Akbar should either give a satisfactory answer to the allegations or he should resign. We demand an inquiry into the matter”.

“How can he be in the Ministry with such serious allegations levelled by responsible journalists who have worked with him. Let there be an inquiry. We demand an inquiry against Akbar,” he added.

Akbar invited flak after six women journalists accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour when he was an Editor.

The Congress also attacked the Narendra Modi government, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, for being silent on the issue.

“We had hoped that women cutting across political lines will come out in support of these brave women who have now come out and revealed their ordeal and tragic stories. Unfortunately, Sushma Swaraj, to whom many look up to for inspiration, has chosen to stay quiet,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.

“It also raises a finger at the government that talks of women empowerment and safety but maintains a dubious silence on the matter,” she said.

The #MeToo campaign has intensified across the country with more women recounting their experiences of sexual harassment in the entertainment and media industry.

It started with Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta accusing veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual misconduct on the sets of a decade-old film.


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