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We welcome the step: NCW chief

October 17, 2018 17:12

National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma on MJ Akbar's resignation: We welcome the step. Women should be more courageous and take it to logical conclusion. They should take such cases to the court and believe in the law.

Not a single union minister except for Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi has come out in support of the women who accused MJ Akbar of sexual harassment and molestation.

To bring you up to speed with the case, least 15 women journalists have openly come out with harassment allegations against Akbar.

Ghazala Wahab, wrote a detailed and searing account of her experience of working under Akbar at the Asian Age. She said that repeatedly molested her and harassed until she had no choice but to quit.

In fact, it was former Mint Lounge editor Priya Ramani who set the ball rolling on India's MeToo movement, by calling out Akbar in a tweet. Ramani had written about her experience in a Vogue India article in October 2017 where she said a 'celebrity editor' without naming him for his inappropriate behaviour with women journalists.

She also described how Akbar set up interviews with women journalists in hotel rooms "with drinks at hand". She then publicly identified Akbar as the central character of her article.

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