#MeToo take on PM Modi led NDA: Journalist Priya Ramani accuses Union minister M J Akbar of sexual harassment

Oct 09 2018 12:52 PM
#MeToo  take on PM Modi led NDA:  Journalist Priya Ramani accuses Union minister M J Akbar of sexual harassment

 

New Delhi: For those who don’t know the #MeToo movement will mark its anniversary on 15 October and In India sexual harassment incidents has been gathering steam from all corners of the nation. This time PM Narendra Modi-led NDA government is facing condemnations after a journalist alleged that it’s Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar did offending sexual misconducts at her.

The woman journalist, Priya Ramani shared 1997 incident when she was a recruited in the media industry and being her ‘boss’ Akbar invited her into a hotel room in Mumbai around 7pm, when she was 23 years old  and he was 43 year old for an interview purpose  and during this meet Akbar made objectionable moves towards her.

Priya Ramani took Twitter and wrote, “I began this piece with my MJ Akbar story. Never named him because he didn’t “do” anything. Lots of women have worse stories about this predator—maybe they’ll share. #ulti https://www.vogue.in/content/harvey-weinsteins-open-letter-sexual-harassment/amp/#click=https://t.co/A2uHiJt9zd …”.

Here is her post -

 “Turns out you were as talented a predator as you were a writer. It was more date, less interview. You offered me a drink from the mini bar (I refused, you drank vodka), we sat on a small table for two that overlooked the Queen’s Necklace and you sang me old Hindi songs after inquiring after my musical preferences. You thought you were irresistible”.

 “I escaped that night, you hired me, I worked for you for many months even though I swore I would never be in a room alone with you again.”

 “You’re an expert on obscene phone calls, texts, inappropriate compliments and not taking no for an answer. You know how to pinch, pat, rub, grab and assault,” she wrote.

“I escaped that night, you hired me, I worked for you for many months even though I swore I would never be in a room alone with you again.”

 “You’re an expert on obscene phone calls, texts, inappropriate compliments and not taking no for an answer. You know how to pinch, pat, rub, grab and assault,” she wrote.

“We’ll get you all one day,” Ramani signed off.

On a related note Akbar has not responded to the accusations as he is not in the country at present. Worth mention here in a heartrending article for Vogue in 2017 after the Harvey Weinstein incident broke open the #MeToo movement knocked the world and gathered the victims of sexual harassment.

Meanwhile Akbar has not responded to the allegations as he is travelling outside the country at present, according to media reports.

 

 

 

 

 

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