New Delhi: Reacting on the accusations of sexual assault against Minister of State (External Affairs) MJ Akbar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come out and speak on the issue. The journalist turned politician has been accused of sexual harassment by several of his former women colleagues. Notably, the slew of allegations were sparked by the #MeToo movement which has gained momentum in India after scores of women shared their horrifying ordeals on social media platforms. Also Read - 4-Day Tika Utsav Begins Today, Special Drive to Vaccinate Maximum Eligible People | All You Need to Know
“Allegations have been levelled against him,not by one but multiple women. I’ve already said that I support #MeToo movement. I don’t think it’s wrong if they’re coming out after a long time….PM should speak on this,” said Swamy,while speaking to ANI. Also Read - CISF Issues Clarification Over Cooch Behar Firing, Says Mob of 150 Attacked Troops, Action In Self Defence
On the other hand, Union Minister Uma Bharti said that government has nothing to do with it as the matter is between between MJ Akbar and the women. “The matter is of the times when he was not a part of the Central Government. So, it is a matter between MJ Akbar & the women. Government can say nothing on this.” Also Read - 'Glad They Are Taking My Clubhouse Chat Seriously', Prashant Kishor Reacts to Audio Clip Released by BJP
On Thursday, DCW chief Swati Maliwal had demanded MJ Akbar’s resignation in view of allegations of sexual misconduct. “It is shameful that Akbar continues to be a Minister. Ten women have complained. Are all of them lying? The case should at least be investigated,” Maliwal had said.
“A movement like #MeToo won’t lose credibility any time in the future…At the same time, it is crucial for women to be true. I would really urge women to tell the truth and only the truth and speak out as much as they can. It is a responsibility on us,” She added.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had dodged the question on sexual harassment allegations against MJ Akbar. However, Union Minister Smriti Irani while reacting on the accusations against Akbar, said that he himself would be in better position to speak on this issue.
Earlier in the day, Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi said that her ministry will soon propose a committee with senior judicial and legal persons as members to look into all issues emanating from the ongoing campaign.
“I believe in all of them. I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complainant. I am proposing to set up a committee with senior judicial and legal persons as members to look into all issues emanating from the #MeToo campaign,” Gandhi said in an interview.