• Monday, August 15, 2022

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Indian minister MJ Akbar denies #MeToo claims

India’s junior minister for foreign affairs, M J Akbar, resigned this month to fight accusations of sexual harassment from more than a dozen women.

By: Sarwar Alam

India’s junior foreign minister on Sunday (14) dismissed sexual harassment allegations made against him by several women, mostly journalists, and ducked calls for his resignation as the country’s fledgling #MeToo movement gathers pace. MJ Akbar, a veteran newspaper editor before joining politics, issued a two-page rejoinder in which he said allegations of sexual misconduct when he was a journalist were “without evidence”. “Allegations of misconduct made against me are false and fabricated. These false, baseless and wild allegations have caused irreparable damage to my reputation,” Akbar said in a statement. “Accusation without evidence has become a viral fever among some…

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