The #MeToo campaign has took the country by storm, with women openly coming out through social media and speaking out against the harassment they had to face in the past. It all started off with allegations against people from Bollywood industry. But soon, the revelations started to come out and many men from other fields were also exposed.
One of the biggest names in the whole list is the Minister of State for External Affairs, MJ Akbar. He has been accused by as many as four journalists of harassing them in the past, when he himself worked in the journalism industry.
Following the complaints raised against him, it was expected that the government will take note and some or the other kind of action would be taken. But instead of a strong statement, the government has decided to not speak on this matter.
Two of the senior-most ministers in the present government, EAM Sushma Swaraj and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi decided to not comment when quizzed by media on the sensational allegations.
On Tuesday, Sushma Swaraj walked away without giving a reply when a journalist asked her about any kind of investigation or inquiry on MJ Akbar. It was followed by a similar puzzling reaction by Maneka Gandhi, who is a staunch supporter of #MeToo movement.
When quizzed by Republic TV about what the government will do on the charges leveled against the MoS for External Affairs, the Minister of Women & Child Development brushed off the topic by saying,
"I have got no comment on this."
Several women journalists took to Twitter and revealed their horrors of the past, naming MJ Akbar in it. The first of the lot was Priya Ramani, who accused him of inappropriate behavior.
It was then followed by many other journalists narrating their stories involving MJ Akbar. Most of the women detailed incidents wherein the former journalist would call them to his plush hotel room for interviews, offer alcohol and ask/say unwarranted questions and behave inappropriately.