MJ Akbar resigns amid #MeToo controversy

Maneka Gandhi to propose judicial panel to look into issues emanating from Me Too campaign

"These testimonies have emerged as a outcome of a slow but increasing empowerment of women over the years and a #MeToo movement unfolding across social media in India and across the world". Lots of women have worse stories about this predator-maybe they " ll share.

"The complainant (Akbar) also had a long career in journalism". They also have often cited their failed efforts to get justice through regular channels. "It is pertinent to mention that the conduct of the accused persons of not taking any action before any authority, the alleged incident against the complainant also clearly belies the sanctity of the article and the allegations made by the accused person which evidently goes on to prove that the defamatory articles are only a figment of imagination and are only meant to malign the reputation of the client".

The panel will look into legal, institutional framework to handle complaints of sexual harassment. Women activists now hope to strengthen an existing Indian law, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, which has been poorly implemented since it was enacted in 2013.

In this episode, we'll hear from other women driving the #MeToo movement in India. Lists of lawyers are being made and crowd-funding initiatives have sprung up on social media to help crowd-fund the legal expenses.

The complaints by alleged abusers could derail a movement that some say is still only scratching the surface of India's deep-rooted misogyny and violence toward women.

Will the usual slew of intimidation tactics scare women into silence?

"We can't lose this battle". I am disappointed with Akbar's response but I am not surprised.

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In a write-up for Vogue previous year, Ramani had talked about an editor who had invited her to his Mumbai hotel room for a job interview two decades ago, offered her drinks, asked her to sit beside her on the bed, and sung for her.

Chetan Bhagat, a bestselling author, made a public apology after a woman posted screenshots of a conversation in which he said he was trying to "woo" her. Alok Nath, an actor, has been threatened with expulsion from an industry organisation after he was accused of raping the screenwriter Vinta Nanda, an allegation he denies. While some alleged that he would call them to his hotel rooms for 'job interviews, ' others accused him of sexually attacking them inside his personal office space. At the time concerned, I had a very tiny cubicle, patched together by plywood and glass.

The government has remained silent while Mr Akbar was attending a conference in Nigeria.

On Saturday, journalists demonstrated in New Delhi demanding Akbar's resignation.

The junior external affairs minister mentioned Firstpost, Livemint and Washington Post as publications that carried reports about the allegations against him.

"The allegations of misconduct made against me are false and fabricated, spiced up by innuendo and malice", Akbar said, according the news agency. Is he behind the defamation case?

At least five women have accused MJ Akbar of sexual harassing them when he worked as the editor of a newspaper.

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