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Union MoS MJ Akbar resign for sexual harassment charges reported in #MeToo Movement

 

 

Union Minister MJ Akbar resign for sexual harassment charges reported in #MeToo Movement: Details, Background

Union Minister of State for External Affairs, MJ Akbar (full name 'Mobashar Jawed Akbar') resigned from his post on 17th October 2018 over sexual harassment charges imposed against him by several women journalists in the current #MeToo movement.

President Ram Nath Kovind also accepted MJ Akbar's resignation from the Union Council of Ministers with immediate effect on 17th October 2018.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) with a sight of happiness welcomed MJ Akbar's resignation. It said, at last, the government has listened to the voice of women and acted accordingly. 

MJ Akbar (67 years) is a journalist-turned-politician, who became Minister of State for External Affairs two years ago, is the first in the BJP-led government to quit over an allegation.

Background

The #MeToo campaign first began as a hashtag on Twitter in 2017, when Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment by over 70 women. Almost after a year in 2018, the movement has now arrived in the Bollywood, Indian film industry; and is spreading through India. 

In India, the #MeToo movement started after former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta alleged that Nana Patekar sexually harassed her on a movie set in 2008. after that Bollywood Actor, Alok Nath was also alleged by director-producer Vinta Nanda three others.


 

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