Madhya Pradesh Women Wing Chief says Journalists Not So Innocent to be Misused; #MeToo

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Lata Kelkar on MJ Akbar

BJP’s women wing Chief for Madhya Pradesh on Thursday defended MJ Akbar and further claimed that the two women journalists were also at fault.

Slamming the allegations levelled against MJ Akbar, Lata Kelkar, Chief of Madhya Pradesh BJP women wing said,

”I welcome this #MeToo campaign but I don’t consider women journalists to be so innocent that anyone can misuse them.”

When asked if Akbar should resign from his post, Kelkar said it wasn’t for her to say and can only be decided by him and the party high command. But on being asked what if similar allegations were levelled against a Congress leader, she said she would have asked for resignation.

In the last week, several women have come forward to share their stories of verbal and physical assault, in turn forcing organisations to sever ties with those who have been named and shamed under the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns.

Junior minister in the External Affairs Minister M J Akbar was the first politician to be named in the campaign, with at least seven women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault. The Congress has demanded Akbar’s resignation.

Approximately nine women came out with stomach-churning accounts of sexual harassment at the hands of former journalist and presently junior minister in the ministry of external affairs MJ Akbar. However, the Centre is believed to be weighing its options on his continuance as a Union Minister.

Most of the accusers detailed a pattern in which he allegedly called them to his hotel rooms for job interviews or to discuss work and reportedly misbehaved with them there. Some alleged he made their life difficult after they rebuffed his advances.

In recent days other Bollywood figures, comedians, a best-selling author and top journalists have all found themselves accused of abusing their positions to behave improperly towards women.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi is one of the first politicians heading a political party to vocally express and strongly back the ongoing ‘Me Too’ movement.

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