#MeToo: External Affairs Minister MJ Akbar Step Down Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

| October 17 , 2018 , 17:51 IST

In the fire of #MeToo movement in the country, Former Editor and Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar resigns on Wednesday over the sexual harassment allegations against him by journalist Priya Ramani and other woman journalists.

Akbar said that I have decided to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for the opportunity to serve the country. 

In a note of resignation Akbar said, "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 the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and to the External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj for the opportunity they gave me to serve my country," he added.

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Around 20 women journalists including Ramani claimed that they had suffered sexual harassment from him.

Commenting on the resignation of Akbar, Ramani in a tweet said, "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."

Akbar on Monday had filed a criminal defamation case against Ramani in Delhi's Patiala House Court.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal will hear the defamation complaint on October 18.