#MeToo catches up with M.J.Akbar, India’s Junior Foreign Minister, historian and veteran journo

#MeToo catches up with M.J.Akbar, India’s Junior Foreign Minister, historian and veteran journo

New Delhi, October 9 (NDTV): Indian Junior Minister of External Affairs and former editor of Sunday and Telegraph M.J. Akbar has been accused of sexual harassment in the snowballing #MeToo movement in India that began with a thread on Twitter.

His boss Sushma Swaraj, the Union Foreign Minister, did not respond when she was asked today about any action against the minister.

“There are serious allegations…these are sexual harassment allegations. You are a woman minister in charge. Will there be a probe on the allegations,” Tribune reporter Smita Sharma questioned Ms Swaraj.

The minister walked past without a word.

M.J. Akbar is believed to be in Nigeria.

A veteran journalist and junior foreign minister, MJ Akbar was named in a tweet by journalist Priya Ramani, who had first shared her account a year ago when the #MeToo campaign exploded in the US with the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Several tweets had talked about “the editor who helmed a unputdownable newspaper” and similar hints before the name was put out in the public domain.

Priya Ramani named him as the editor she had written about in a magazine article in October last year.