Indian government minister steps down as country's #MeToo movement gains traction

Indian minister in #MeToo storm announces resignation

Following a volley of allegations, the Editor-turned-politician, who has changed parties from the Congress to the BJP, said he had resigned as Minister of State for External Affairs on Wednesday to fight the case in his "personal capacity". "Esp (especially) to those fearless women who reported the assault & those women and men who stood by them".

Doval's meeting with MJ Akbar was part of a process to decide to put an end or at least apply the brakes to a narrative that was fast spinning out of control, said the people quoted above.

After Ramani first spoke out against Akbar, more than a dozen women came forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault. "For example, a man complementing a woman doesn't need to be discussed under the #MeToo movement".

The Editors' Guild of India has asked MJ Akbar to drop the criminal defamation case against Priya Ramani, the first woman journalists who named him in the #MeToo movement. They also have often cited their failed efforts to get justice through regular channels. It is known news that, he is accused by multiple women of sex harassment. But they say their concerns were repeatedly dismissed or trivialised by colleagues and that "due process" in India has broken down.

Disclosure: All matters brought to Network18's attention which are within the purview of the workplace have been forwarded to our Internal Committee for Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the workplace for appropriate action. "The longer he fights this battle against Ramani, more women will come out", she said asserting the fight against sexual harassment will continue.

Akbar's lawyer Sandeep Kapur of the law firm Karanjawala & Co said that the private criminal defamation case will be heard Thursday before chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal.

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The junior reporter said even though the accused had apologised to her, she wanted "legal action against him so that he does not repeat it with other women in the future".

"MJ Akbar seeks to silence through intimidation and harassment. She has articulated what I was feeling".

They include Majlie de Puy Kamp, a journalist with CNN in NY, who claimed Akbar kissed her when she was an 18-year-old intern at his newspaper Asian Age in 2007.

Akbar, who returned from an official tour of Nigeria on Sunday, had issued a statement claiming that the allegations against him are "false and fabricated". Apart from Ramani, some of the other woman journalists to recount instances of Akbar's misconduct include Ghazala Wahab, Suparna Sharma, and Harinder Baweja.

Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has made no comment on the allegations against Akbar, pressure is growing to respond to the charges. "It should not be used to cast aspersions on the Union government", Singh said while talking to India Today in Agra.

Accusations against Akbar snowballed last week after journalist Priya Ramani accused him of inappropriate behaviour when the pair worked together in the 1990s.

The private complaint has sought prosecution of Ramani, who has accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago.

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