New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar resigned on Wednesday after pressure on him increased to quit as multiple women journalists accused him of sexual harassment.
“Since I have decided to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity, I deem it appropriate to step down from office and challenge false accusations levied against me, also in a personal capacity. I have, therefore, tendered my resignation from the office of Minister of State for External Affairs. I am deeply grateful to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and to the external Affair Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj for the opportunity they gave me to serve my country,” Akbar, 67, said in a statement.
After this resignation, Ramani tweeted, “As women we feel vindicated by MJ Akbar’s resignation. I look forward to the day when I will also get justice in court.”
As women we feel vindicated by MJ Akbar’s resignation.
I look forward to the day when I will also get justice in court #metoo
— Priya Ramani (@priyaramani) October 17, 2018
Akbar has been named in multiple accounts that have surfaced in the #MeToo movement that started in India after former actor Tanushree Dutta accused her co-star Nana Patekar of harassment during a film shoot 10 years ago.
This is how others reacted to the news:
This is a good time for everyone who has been working round the clock to take a few moments to smile, take a few minutes to eat and take a few hours to sleep. Before coming back to the table again 🙂 @TheRestlessQuil @AnooBhu @veeramahuli @HavaldarShinde @MasalaBai https://t.co/zDYAFP9XaM
— Raksha Kumar (@Raksha_Kumar) October 17, 2018
Disrobed minister finally resigns-good. But lets not forget sexual assaulter Unnao MP Sengar has still not resigned–bad. https://t.co/FsHDyV8cNr
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) October 17, 2018
— Vandana (@Vandana5) October 17, 2018
Truth triumphs!! Somewhere there is justice for all those who raised their voice against powerful misusing their positions to intimidate the vulnerable. #MJAkbarQuits
— navika kumar (@navikakumar) October 17, 2018
Opposition was asking him to resign on moral grounds. This is a right decision taken by him. The allegations on him should be properly investigated: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on #MJAkbar resignation pic.twitter.com/Rd3k0wDBrV
— ANI (@ANI) October 17, 2018