Guwahati : Allegations after allegations are now pouring in from different sections of the society with many women now opening up their ordeals in the past as victims of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment Case against MJ Akbar
As the MeToo fire rages in, charring reputations as more women narrate their experiences of unsolicited sexual behaviour with Union minister MJ Akbar and actor Alok Nath among those named for their alleged actions. Congress demanded the resignation of the junior minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs. What could add to the turmoil for the minister, Akbar faces accusations from more than one woman as his once illustrious career s a journalist now nearly stand on the verge of demolition.
MJ Akbar and Alok Nath under sexual harassment cloud
Congress leader and former Union minister Jaipal Reddy, at a press conference,said, “MJ Akbar has his own stature of being a veteran journalist in addition to being junior minister with the External Affairs Ministry. Sushma Swaraj coul not comment on her own subordinate. Akbar should either come out with a satisfactory explanation or he must resign from his post in the government. We demand an enquiry into these allegations. If Justice Brett Kavanaugh can be asked for an explanation then why not MJ Akbar who allegedly did whatever he did much later in his life than Kavanaugh.”
While women from across the media have flooded social media with harrowing stories of their encounter, politicians, union ministers and leaders of ruling parties had maintained a stoic silence, except Maneka gandhi. Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka, is the only BJP leader who, so far, has openly reacted to the stream of survivors’ accounts, naming prominent personalities, pouring out on social media. Though the minister did not explicitly react to allegations against Akhbar, she did assert that the survivors’ voice should not be questioned and a probe should be carried out in such cases.
Allegations against Akbar for sexual harassment
Maneka spoke to India Today after the accusations against Akbar, and others, made headlines: “There should be an investigation. Those who are in positions of power always use it, whether it is film, media or industry. Whenever women make such allegations, we should take them very seriously,” she said. “Women are scared of speaking out thinking people will make fun of them or question their character. Now that women are speaking up we should take action on each and every allegation,” she added while responding to questions specifically about a “big politician” named in multiple survivors’ accounts.