CHARGES AGAINST M.J AKBAR RISE, BJP TO DECIDE ACTION
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.