A Special Correspondent
The Opposition has called for the resignation of Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar following allegations of sexual misconduct against him by a senior journalist as part of the #MeToo movement.
“The allegations against Mr. Akbar is the Harvey Weinstein moment for India. The Modi government talks of beti bachao, beti padhao (save the girl child, educate her) but the people of India has built a movement which seeks justice for women. Mr. Akbar should resign,” Ghanshyam Tiwari, spokesperson of the Samajwadi Party, said.
Congress leader Manish Tewari said, “The Minister concerned needs to speak as silence is not an option. Prime Minister Modi also needs to speak up.”
The Minister, who served as the editor of several leading publications over the past four decades in the country, is yet to respond to the allegation and is currently in Nigeria with a business delegation from India.
In the allegation. senior journalist Priya Ramani said she was made to feel uncomfortable by Mr. Akbar in a hotel room.