New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Usha Thakur courted a controversy by terming the ongoing #MeToo movement a ‘shortcut’ for women to get success. The MLA from Indore in Madhya Pradesh said that women who are levelling allegations are compromising with their ethical values for their personal interests. The BJP lawmaker added that the success achieved by compromising the values of life has no meaning. Also Read - Tripura Crisis: Central BJP Leaders Arrive in Agartala to Meet Rebel MLAs Amid Speculations of Them Joining TMC
“Tarakki ke liye shortcut apnaati hai mahilayein, niji swarth ke liye naitik mulyo sekarti hai samjhauta, isliye samsayaon me fansati hai.Jeevan mulyo se samjhauta kar paayi safalta nirarthak (Women adopt shortcut to get success. They compromise with ethical values for their personal interests. The success achieved by compromising the values of life is meaningless), the BJP leader said. Also Read - Chirag Paswan Breaks Silence, Says 'No One Can Replace Me As LJP's National President'
Her statement comes soon after Union Minister MJ Akbar dismissed all charges of sexual harassment levelled against him by several female journalists. As the #MeToo movement gained momentum in the country, around a dozen women journalists accused Akbar of sexual harassment and molestation, leading to a growing chorus for his ouster as the Minister of State for External Affairs. Also Read - 15 Lakshadweep BJP Leaders Resign Over Sedition Charges Against Filmmaker Aisha Sultana
However, the minister rubbished the charges and wondered if there was an agenda behind the allegations as they came ahead of next year’s general elections.
“Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election? Is there an agenda? You be the judge. These false, baseless and wild allegations have caused irreparable damage to my reputation and goodwill,” said the 67-year-old former Editor of Asian Age.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission for Women on Sunday urged the victims of sexual crimes to report their cases to the police and the women’s panel, creating a dedicated email ID to receive such complaints.
“It has taken a lot of courage for women and girls to narrate the incidents of sexual assault faced by them and the Commission stands in solidarity with them in their struggle. This reporting will pave the path for putting these sexual predators behind bars, something that should have been done long ago,” DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal said in a statement.
Women can register their complaints at “firstname.lastname@example.org”, she added.
About #MeToo movement
The #MeToo movement began an year ago in Hollywood after The New York Times and The New Yorker published several stories about decades-long predation of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
However, it gained momentum in India after Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta recently accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. Following her revelation, accusations are being made against some powerful personalities in the media and the entertainment industry, including Sajid Khan, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Piyush Mishra, Vikas Bahl and many others.