Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development on allegations against MJ Akbar said “There must be an investigation. Men in a position of power often indulge in such acts.”
She has called for an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Minister of State (MoS) External Affairs MJ Akbar, becoming the first government minister to do so.
While reacting to allegations levelled on the editor-turned-politician she told a news channel that “There must be an investigation. Men in a position of power often indulge in such acts. Women in India have so far been scared to speak up against such behaviour. “Now when women have gathered the courage to speak up, the allegations must be taken seriously.”
A senior journalist on Twitter wrote “Seriously so no code of conduct applies to central ministers in PMO India cabinet(.) How is Akbar a fit & proper person to represent India? #Metoo,” The scribe was among two journalists who have accused Akbar of sexual misconduct during his time as editor of a leading English daily.
She later claimed that BJP President Amit Shah had asked all BJP spokespersons to not react on allegations against Akbar.