Am­bika sup­ports #Metoo, Rahul says ‘very big is­sue’

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NEW DELHI: Se­nior Congress leader Am­bika Soni sup­ported the #Metoo move­ment Thurs­day, say­ing it will help create an at­mos­phere for women with lesser courage to speak out on sex­ual ha­rass­ment in­ci­dents, and Rahul Gandhi termed the cam­paign rag­ing across In­dia a "very big is­sue".

The Congress pres­i­dent did not re­spond on the sex­ual ha­rass­ment charges against Union min­is­ter M J Ak­bar, say­ing he will re­spond later.

"#Metoo is a very big is­sue and I will com­ment on that is­sue at a press con­fer­ence later. I will give my de­tailed view," Gandhi told re­porters at a press meet con­vened on the Rafale is­sue. Soni too re­fused to talk about Ak­bar, say­ing she is will­ing to give her views on the whole af­fair, "but I am not will­ing to talk about in­di­vid­ual cases as I do not know enough about peo­ple in­volved and their back­ground".

"With­out go­ing into in­di­vid­ual cases, I do feel that all kind of sup­port should be given to these women who are speak­ing out," she said.

Soni said a ma­jor­ity of women, who have been brave and spo­ken about un­happy in­ci­dents, re­ally need some kind of back­ing and sup­port.

"This is a cam­paign, where we have to speak for our­selves and take our po­si­tions with the groups. It is a ques­tion of cre­at­ing an at­mos­phere, where women with lesser courage will also feel em­bold­ened to come in.

"Let them come out once and for all, whether it is in pol­i­tics, me­dia, film world or work place. Let this mat­ter be de­bated and let women know where we, women, stand and when will we get equal rights. It will be good if this cam­paign picks up," she said. Asked about Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj not re­spond­ing to a re­porter's ques­tion on the con­duct of her ju­nior min­is­ter, the Congress leader said, "She is very good at giv­ing tweets on ev­ery sub­ject .... "

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