#MeToo effect: Minister of "External affairs" MJ Akbar resigned


Following allegations of sexual assault by women journalists who worked with him when he was an editor, Akbar has filed a defamation case in a Delhi Court against one of those women journalists. "I have, therefore, tendered my resignation from the office of Minister of State for External Affairs".

Mr Akbar expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for giving him the opportunity to serve the country.

Ramani had recently taken to Twitter to recall a blog she had written in 2017 about her harassment by a senior journalist some 20 years ago, but had not named Akbar in the article. "I look forward to the day when I will also get justice in court #metoo". "We would request the honourable court hearing the defamation case to also consider the testimonies of sexual harassment of some of us at the hands of the petitioner, as also of the other signatories who bore witness to this harassment", the journalists said in the joint statement undersigned by them.

More than a dozen women journalists have come out to accuse Akbar of harassment. Highly-placed sources who did not wish to be identified, however, said the decision "came from the very top" and "the extent of the allegations and Akbar's own aggressive reaction made the party high command believe this was getting untenable".

The minister has been accused by several women of sexually harassing them.

. It is known news that, he is accused by multiple women of sex harassment.

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Modi has remained silent as the accusations against Akbar have mounted, but the ruling Bharatiya Janata party's president, Amit Shah, and several female ministers have acknowledged the allegations and said they are being examined. "The resignation of M.J. Akbar is a vindication of the power of truth even if it began with one fearless person speaking up", she tweeted. Upon return, he issued a statement to deny all allegations.

"The fact that he chose to brazen it out, he became an embarrassment to himself and an embarrassment to the government", she said.

They pointed out how Akbar "has demonstrated through his legal actions is his refusal to introspect, acknowledge or atone for his actions that have caused vast pain and indeed harm to many many women over the years".

Even supporters of Modi have faced difficulties pursuing cases against powerful members of his party. She alleged that he called her to his room, offered her a drink (which she refused) and asked her to sit next to him on the bed.

In his complaint, Akbar has stated that Ramani "resorted to a series of maliciously fabricated allegations, which she is diabolically and viciously spreading using media, it is also apparent that false narrative against the Complainant is being circulated in a motivated manner and for the fulfillment of an agenda".