New Delhi : Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday supported women after the #Metoo movement getting huge momentum, coming out with their stories of sexual harassment and abuse at workplace, saying that they go to work to live their dreams and earn their living respectfully and not to get harassed. Irani was interacting with the media at a FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) event here.
The #MeToo movement exploded in Bollywood, media, politics and corporate sector after actress Tanushree Dutta renewed a decade-old complaint of harassment against Nana Patekar two weeks ago. Filmmaker Vikas Bahl, singer Kailash Kher, actors Rajat Kapoor and Alok Nath, and journalist turned politician M.J.Akbar are among those named as alleged predators.
#MeToo movement getting huge momentum
Being a former television actress herself. Irani said that women don’t go to workplaces to be harassed, but they go to achieve their dreams and earn a respectable living. Hence it would be truly difficult for many to come out speaking about their harrowing experiences during their professional life.
As the #MeToo campaign gained momentum, some women journalists also accused M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, of sexually harassing them during his stint as editor in two newspapers.
Shocking names come out after #Metoo movement gets momentum
Reacting on the accusations of sexual assault leveled against the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader, Irani said, “ The female victims concerned have done a commendable job by coming out and speaking against their perpetrator, but it is the gentleman concerned would be in better position to speak on the issue”.
Smriti Irani speaks on #MeToo movement
Smriti Irani further added , “Anybody who is speaking out shouldn’t be victimized or mocked at. That is my only appeal to everybody who is witnessing this surge of outpouring of emotions, of anger on the internet and offline as well.”
Meanwhile political parties like Congress and CPI(M) are mounting pressure on NDA for the resignation of Minister and former journalist M.J.Akbar.