MJ Akbar Resigns Before Any Explanation; Does That Pronounce Him Guilty?

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Union Minister MJ Akbar reportedly tendered his resignation on Sunday after returning to India on Sunday morning amid the storm raised by sexual harassment allegations against him.

However, sources told CNN News18 that MJ Akbar’s resignation, which was sent via email, was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).  The news channel said that the resignation letter has not been accepted yet.

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The BJP Govt is in distress over sexual harassment allegations against Union Minister MJ Akbar. 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. According to reports, a final call will be taken on his return from his overseas visit later this week. Meanwhile, Congress demanded the resignation of the junior minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Akbar left straight for his official residence from the Delhi airport, dodging pointed questions from several reporters. The junior foreign minister only said that he would issue a statement later in the day.

The minister of state for external affairs was in Nigeria when his name came up in a #MeToo thread on social media earlier this week. The opposition Congress has demanded his resignation after he was accused of sexual harassment by many women journalists who had worked with him when he was an editor.

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said that he was not in a position to comment on Akbar as the claims against the Union minister needed to be “looked into”.

Two days ago, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi had said that she is proposing a committee, comprising senior judicial and legal persons as members, to look into all issues emanating from the MeToo campaign. Referring to the cases that have emerged as part of MeToo campaign, the Union minister told news agency PTI,

“I believe in all of them. I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complaint.”

News agency ANI also quoted Maneka Gandhi as saying that a four-member committee of retired judges would publicly address the cases of sexual harassment emanating under #MeToo.

“Proposing committee with senior judicial, legal persons to look into all issues emanating from #MeToo,” said the Minister for Women and Child Development.

MJ Akbar’s case could well be a defining moment in Indian politics: the way accusations of sexual conduct are perceived and the subsequent action by political bosses. It’s also a defining for social media in India and its impact on politics.

His Twitter account has been silent since 6 October.

One of his accusers, Priya Ramani took to twitter to express her victory for the #MeToo movement. She further said that it cannot and should not end here. She said glad that MJ Akbar won’t be in the workplace any more.

 

The Above Story was published on Sunday noon, however, contrary to the media reports, Akbar refused to resign later on. Below is our follow up story on the same.

 

MJ Akbar Refuses to Resign Contrary to Media Reports

 

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