On the issue of allegations leveled against MoS MJ Akbar, the Union Minister Smriti Irani today said that he would be in a better position to speak on relevant issues.
It need be mentioned that MJ Akbar is now facing allegations of sexual misconduct by several women during his time as journalist and editor.
Now there is pressure on the government to take a call on whether he will have to make an exit over the allegations.
The Union Textile Minister also appealed that anybody who is speaking out should in no way be shamed, victimised or mocked.
She also reiterated her support for women who had come out and shared their stories in the ongoing #MeToo campaign in India.
The only other minister to come out in support of the movement is her colleague Maneka Gandhi, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development.
MJ Akbar, a former editor who headed prominent newspapers like The Telegraph and the Asian Age, has been accused of sexually predatory behavior towards women colleagues, especially newcomers.
So far, his boss, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, has evaded questions on him and so has union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.>