The #MeToo movement that started from the entertainment industry after reaching the political spectrum with allegations being levelled against Minister of State and BJP leader MJ Akbar has now snowballed into a major controversy. So far, MJ Akbar has been accused by 9 women journalists for indecent behaviour and sexual harassment. While the media and several others are condemning his actions, the chief of BJP’s women wing for Madhya Pradesh, Lata Kelkar, has come out in defence of MJ Akbar. Lata claimed that the women journalists were also at fault.
Slamming the allegations levelled against MJ Akbar, she asked why was it that after so many years that the women realised that it was sexual harassment and not at the time when it happened.
Chief of BJP’s women wing for Madhya Pradesh said that the women journalist are not so innocent that they can be misused. She added that the incident allegedly took place when MJ Akbar was a journalist and so was the two women who have levelled allegations. She said that both were at fault.
Talking about the #MeToo movement in India, she said that it was started to give courage to the women of this country. When asked that if MJ Akbar should resign from his post, she said that the following decision will be taken by the concerned authorities only.
On the other hand, as per a report by India.com, when she was asked about her stand if the charges were being levelled against a Congress leader, she said that she would have demanded a resignation.