The #MeToo movement has caught Minister of State for External Affairs and former founding editor of The Telegraph MJ Akbar, putting the Central Government to great embarrassment.
Akbar has been accused of interviewing women journalists in hotel rooms, and putting them to uncomfortable situation by asking them to “sit on the bed”. One of the first allegations against Akbar came from journalist Priya Ramani, who had written a post a year ago about a ‘male editor’ who behaved inappropriately. She had not revealed his identity then, but on Monday she tweeted that the editor she mentioned in her article 'Dear Male Boss’ in 'Vogue’ in October 2017 was Akbar.
In 1994, Akbar interviewed her in a plush hotel in Mumbai and offered her a drink which she refused. He then asked her to sit next to him on the bed and later sang her ‘romantic’ Hindi songs after asking her about her musical tastes. She said that though she worked with him for several years, she made it a point not to be alone in a room with him.
She had ended her article then with a warning: “We’ll get you all one day.” On Tuesday, when mediapersons asked Akbar’s senior minister Sushma Swaraj about the allegations, she evaded a reply. Akbar is yet to respond to the charges.