Deccan Chronicle - - WRAP-UP -

Sev­eral women have shared their sto­ries of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by Union min­is­ter of state for ex­ter­nal af­fairs M.J. Ak­bar when he was an ed­i­tor of a news­pa­per on so­cial me­dia. Ak­bar, who is on a trip abroad, has so far not of­fered any com­ment in pub­lic over the is­sue. Union min­is­ters and BJP spokesper­sons have mostly de­clined to an­swer any query on Ak­bar. How­ever, Sm­riti Irani was the first Union min­is­ter to make more di­rect re­marks on the #MeToo move­ment, hop­ing that the women speak­ing out got jus­tice. To a ques­tion on Ak­bar, she said in Mum­bai that it was for him to is­sue a state­ment. “The gen­tle­man con­cerned would be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to speak on the is­sue. I ap­pre­ci­ate that the me­dia is ac­cost­ing his fe­male col­leagues, but I think it is for the gen­tle­man con­cerned to is­sue a state­ment, not for me,” Irani said. The BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah has said that the nu­mer­ous charges of sex­ual ha­rass­ment against the Union min­is­ter will be probed. "We will def­i­nitely look into the is­sue. We have to see whether these al­le­ga­tions are true or false. We haven't heard any­thing from his side, so it is re­ally dif­fi­cult to com­ment any­thing on that at the mo­ment," he said.

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