After being defiant till Sunday, the Union Minister, MJ Akbar, who is accused by many women of sexual harassment complaining on social media about their #MeToo stories, has finally quit his post, said an NDTV report. It may be recalled that a couple of days back, Akbar had filed case against one of his 20 odd accusers for defamation, accusing her of ‘intentionally making fabricated allegations’ to tarnish his image. While announcing his resignation from the Union Ministry, Akbar said, “As I have firmed up my mind to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity, I deem it appropriate to demit office and challenge false accusations levelled against me, also in a personal capacity.”
As early as Sunday, Akbar was widely seen to have decided to ignore calls for his resignation after being called out by women who had worked with him or had brief encounters during his days as an Editor. “Accusations sans evidence have become a viral fever”, Akbar said after coming back from an overseas trip. Although the Union Government did not officially react, but sources said that the allegations had nothing to do with it, noted the report.
On Monday, he had registered a case against Priya Ramani, the first woman to name him, and accused her of vested interests in maligning his reputation on the basis of ‘wholly and completely false, frivolous and unjustifiable and scandalous grounds.’
Although Ramani said that she would fight the case, nevertheless, 19 other journalists asserted that she was not alone, that they would testify in court against Akbar.
“What Akbar has demonstrated through his legal actions is his refusal to introspect, acknowledge or atone for his actions that have caused immense pain and indeed harm to many women over the years. He himself, in the meanwhile, continues to enjoy enormous power and privilege as minister and Member of Parliament,” quoting the journalists’ statement, the report added.