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MJ Akbar should be heard, says Athawale

12 Oct 2018, 02:04 GMT+10

New Delhi [India], Oct 11 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale on Thursday said that before asking for Minister of State (MoS) of External Affairs MJ Akbar's resignation, the latter should be heard first.

"It is important that we listen to his statement as well, before asking him to resign. He is currently out of the country now. There should be an investigation into the matter. If he is found guilty, then he should immediately resign," Athawale told ANI.

Akbar came under the media limelight after a woman journalist Priya Ramani claimed on Twitter that in the article which she had written for Vogue India in 2017 about her gut-wrenching incident of sexual misconduct was to expose MJ Akbar.

The MeeToo movement first began in 2017 in Hollywood after The New York Times and The New Yorker published several stories on the issue of sexual assaults after Movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein fell into a pit of sexual misconduct allegations.

This movement gained momentum in India, after several journalists, actors came forward to share their support for survivors who narrated their difficult stories of sexual misconduct on social media. (ANI)

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