QUIT AK­BAR CHO­RUS GROWS SHRILL

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New Delhi, Oct. 13: As the #MeToo move­ment in­ten­si­fies in the coun­try, a group of jour­nal­ists on Sat­ur­day held a protest here ex­press­ing sol­i­dar­ity with their women col­leagues who have come out and de­manded proper im­ple­men­ta­tion of the preven­tion of sex­ual ha­rass­ment act to en­sure dig­nity at work­place.

The protest­ing jour­nal­ists also sought im­me­di­ate ac­tion against those fac­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct. They also de­manded the re­moval of Union min­is­ter M.J. Ak­bar.

New Delhi, Oct. 13: As the #MeToo move­ment in­ten­si­fies in the coun­try, a group of jour­nal­ists Sat­ur­day held a protest here ex­press­ing sol­i­dar­ity with their women col­leagues who have come out and de­manded proper im­ple­men­ta­tion of the preven­tion of sex­ual ha­rass­ment act to en­sure dig­nity at work­place.

The protest­ing jour­nal­ists also sought im­me­di­ate ac­tion against those fac­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

They also de­manded the re­moval of Union min­is­ter M.J. Ak­bar, who has been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by a num­ber of women jour­nal­ists, when he was an ed­i­tor of sev­eral pub­li­ca­tions, a few years ago.

The scribes also held plac­ards bear­ing mes­sages that sex­ual ha­rass­ment at work­place was not ac­cept­able and said “ac­count­abil­ity be­gins from the top” with protest­ing jour­nal­ists rais­ing slo­gans seek­ing re­moval of Ak­bar.

The group of jour­nal­ists also passed a joint res­o­lu­tion seek­ing jus­tice for the vic­tims. “Sex­ual ha­rass­ment at work­place is non-ne­go­tiable. We salute those women who have come out and shared their trauma.

It is not easy to speak out and takes a lot of courage to speak up about such in­ci­dents,” se­nior jour­nal­ist and IWPC pres­i­dent T.K. Ra­jalak­shmi said.

Be­sides mem­bers of the In­dian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC), jour­nal­ists from some print and elec­tronic me­dia as­sem­bled in front of the Free School Church on Par­lia­ment Street and raised slo­gans, de­mand­ing proper im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment of Women at Work­place (Preven­tion, Pro­hi­bi­tion and Re­dres­sal) Act.

“We, the as­sem­bled jour­nal­ists to­day ex­press our com­plete sol­i­dar­ity with all those ho have come out and spo­ken coura­geously against the ha­rass­ment they have faced by col­leagues and su­pe­ri­ors,” the res­o­lu­tion said.

The IWPC pres­i­dent said such in­ci­dents need to be checked also through proper mon­i­tor­ing of the in­ter­nal com­plaints com­mit­tee (ICC). “Such cases also show that ICCs are ei­ther not there or not ef­fec­tive in me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions,” she said.

Union Min­is­ter Maneka Gandhi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Fri­day had strongly backed women who nar­rated their ex­pe­ri­ences of sex­ual mis­con­duct and more as the #MeToo flood­gates opened wider with high-pro­file di­rec­tors Sa­jid Khan, Sub­hash Ghai and Luv Ran­jan the lat­est to be ‘outed’.

Union min­is­ter M.J. Ak­bar has been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by a num­ber of women jour­nal­ists.

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