#MeToo hits Modi govt! Journalist accuses MJ Akbar of sexual harassment, alleges he called her to hotel room for ‘interview’

Ever since Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta, breaking her silence, came in front, telling her #MeToo story and accusing senior actor Nana Patekar of sexual assault, there has been rise of various women coming ahead and revealing their story. The very recent one is of Union Minister MJ Akbar, a MoS for external affair in Modi government. A senior journalist named Priya Ramani has alleged that MoS for External Affairs MJ Akbar made offending sexual advances at her.

Ramani on Twitter shared an incident from 1977 when she was a rookie in the media and Akbar was her ‘boss’. In her tweet, she also mentioned that she had written about her editor in an article in Vogue India in October 2017 after Hollywood’s famous Harvey Weinstein case broke out which led the start of #MeToo campaign. Ramani mentioned that Akbar called her into a hotel room around 7 PM (at that time she was 23) for an interview and made her feel uncomfortable by making moves towards her. Ramani’s article in 2017 in Vogue India tells how a famous newspaper editor called her for job interview at Mumbai’s plush hotel while she was 23 and he was 43.


Priya Ramani
@priyaramani
 I began this piece with my MJ Akbar story. Never named him because he didn’t “do” anything. Lots of women have worse stories about this predator—maybe they’ll share. #ulti https://www.vogue.in/content/harvey-weinsteins-open-letter-sexual-harassment/amp/#click=https://t.co/A2uHiJt9zd …

5:45 AM - Oct 8, 2018
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Meanwhile, in response to her tweet, three other senior women journalists also came forward and accused Akbar of sexual harassment. To note, many women on social media are coming ahead with similar stories. Recently, TV producer Vinta Nanda accused senior actor Alok Nath of rape. Nanda was associated with the 90s iconic show ‘Tara’.


prerna singh bindra
@prernabindra
 He was this brilliant,flamboyant #editor who dabbled in politics, who called me-my 1st job- to his hotel room to 'discuss work', after i put the edition to bed-read midnight, & made life at work hell when i refused.,cudnt speak up due to various compulsions, but yes #MeTooIndia

11:42 AM - Oct 6, 2018
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prerna singh bindra
@prernabindra
 · Oct 7, 2018
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prerna singh bindra
@prernabindra
@It was #MJAkbar I do not say this lightly..i know the consequences of false accusations &it has been now 17 yrs &i have no concrete proof. but i was young, just made features editor, super impressed with our brilliant editor, sensitive writer(read Riot after Riot), 1/4

10:33 PM - Oct 8, 2018
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Priya Ramani
@priyaramani
 · 22h
 I began this piece with my MJ Akbar story. Never named him because he didn’t “do” anything. Lots of women have worse stories about this predator—maybe they’ll share. #ulti https://www.vogue.in/content/harvey-weinsteins-open-letter-sexual-harassment/amp/#click=https://t.co/A2uHiJt9zd …


Prasanto K Roy

@prasanto
You read this, no? Akbar again.
Every interview with a female journo was in a hotel room. #TimesUp #MeToo https://twitter.com/prasanto/status/1049239576022151168?s=19 …

Prasanto K Roy

@prasanto
"My #MeToo moment: Founding editor of national paper forced himself on me" - another story of sexual assault by top journo-turned-politician/MP whom everyone is too scared to name, but so many women have stories about.https://www.firstpost.com/india/my-metoo-moment-founding-editor-of-national-newspaper-forced-himself-on-me-planted-shame-fear-almost-broke-me-5337121.html …

6:34 AM - Oct 8, 2018
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Priya Ramani
@priyaramani
 · 21h
Replying to @prasanto
Yes


Prasanto K Roy

@prasanto
Unbelievable consistency.
What a track record.
Never a variation.
Every female journo who's interviewed him: hotel room, bed ready, drinks on hand.

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Harinder Baweja

@shammybaweja
 So many of us have an MJ story. "Can I come over to your house with a bottle of rum?" he said. NO, was the answer.... Couldnt 'do' anything. Some dont get the meaning of No... they move on to the next, dont they

Priya Ramani
@priyaramani
I began this piece with my MJ Akbar story. Never named him because he didn’t “do” anything. Lots of women have worse stories about this predator—maybe they’ll share. #ulti https://www.vogue.in/content/harvey-weinsteins-open-letter-sexual-harassment/amp/#click=https://t.co/A2uHiJt9zd …

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