#MeToo takes toll, MJ Akbar resigns as Minister of State

junior Minister has been facing sexual misconduct and molestation allegations from many women across country and even abroad

Senior journo and now a Minister MJ Akbar finally tendered his resignation from the government.

The junior Minister has been facing sexual misconduct and molestation allegations from many women across country and even abroad.

Even though MJ Akbar stood silent for a long time after the allegations began surfacing, he tried to put up a brave face by lodging defamation case against one of the journalists making allegations against him.

Meanwhile, there is another development worth the mention.

It need be mentioned that Union Minister MJ Akbar’s defamation suit names only one of the multiple women who have accused him of sex harassment, but 20 women journalists have pledged to testify in court against him.

The journalists, who worked with ‘The Asian Age’ — MJ Akbar was editor of the newspaper for 15 years – put out a joint statement in support of their colleague Priya Ramani.

The journalists include Meenal Baghel, Manisha Pande, Tushita Patel, Kanika Gahlaut, Suparna Sharma, Ramola Talwar Badam, Hoihnu Hauzel, Aisha Khan, Reshmu Chakraborty and Kushalrani Gulab. A journalist from Deccan Chronicle, Christina Francis, has also signed the statement.

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