Despite 10 women coming out and speaking out against him, alleging sexual harassment, Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar is yet to address the charges leveled against him. Even the government, which has made its stand clear on the #MeToo movement, has not actively taken note of the situation.
But a recent revelation against the MoS has popped up, and it looks the pressure on him to resign and speak up is sure to increase. Majlie de Puy Kamp has become the 11th women to accuse MJ Akbar of sexually assaulting her during the he used to work as a journalist.
Explaining her horror, Maljie told Huffington Post as to how MJ Akbar forcefully laid hands on her in 2007. She revealed that during her final day of the internship at the Asian Age, MJ Akbar, who was editor of the newspaper at that time, forcefully kissed her and tried to molest her in his office.
"He got up and walked around his desk to where I was sitting, so I also got up and I extended my hand. He grabbed me right under my shoulders, on my arms, and pulled me in and kissed me on my mouth and forced his tongue into my mouth, and I just stood there," she narrated the horrific incident to the news website.
Maljie had went to thank MJ Akbar in his office for letting her intern with the company. But little did she know what was to follow. "What he did was disgusting, he violated my boundaries, betrayed my trust and that of my parents. He was my parent's friend, he was supposed to pull through for me if I ever got in trouble while living in a foreign country," she added.
All the alleged misconduct of MJ Akbar, during his time as a journalist, has popped out in social media after a journalist named Priya Ramani tweeted about the horror she had faced. It gave courage to all the other women to speak up against the struggles they faced at the hands of the present MoS for External Affairs.