The Communist Party of India Marxist, CPI (M) has today demanded the resignation of the Union Minister of State for External Affairs, MJ Akbar, after some women journalists accused him of sexually harassing them, according to a PTI report.
The CPI (M) statement further said the seven women journalists had come forward recounting their experience of sexual harassment and unacceptable behaviour by Akbar. The campaign, #MeToo is gaining more steam in India, as some journalists have come out in the open and accused Akbar of sexually harassing them during their stint as journalists. Akbar was holding editor’s position several newspapers such as Daily Telegraph, Asian Age etc., before he entered into active politics. In a statement, the CPI (M) said, “Since these are serious charges, MJ Akbar’s continuance as a the Minister of State in the Central government is untenable. He should immediately resign from office.”