Khaleej Times - - PAKISTAN -

NEW DELHI — 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, 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. —

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