Mumbai: The list of women accusing Union Minister MJ Akbar of sexual misconduct is growing with every passing day. The latest addition in the list is a US based journalist who worked at Asian Age as intern back in 2007.
"Akbar shoved his 55-yr-old tongue down my 18-yr-old throat", Majlie de Puy Kamp, now working for CNN, wrote on Twitter
She wrote that after completing her internship at Asian Age she went to MJ Akbar's cabin to express her gratitude. But he started misbehaving with her.
"I extended my hand in gratitude. But, Akbar "grabbed me right under [her] shoulders, on [her] arms. [He] pulled me in and kissed me on my mouth and forced his tongue into my mouth, and I just stood there", she said.
Ever since #MeToo campaign has started in India by actress Tanushree Datta last week a number of women - mainly actresses and female journalists have come out in open and spoke against some big names from the politics, entertainment and media.
The story of everyone is same - how they were sexually assaulted by those in power. How this big shots misused their power to malign them just because they were women and working under them.
The US scribe's allegations against MJ Akbar came hours after Union Minister of Women and Child Development Department Maneka gandhi announced formation of a four member panel of retired judges for public hearings of all #MeToo cases.
Maneka Ghandi was the first from the ruling BJP to come out in support of the #MeToo campaign demanding a probe into the cases of sexual harassment.
Failing to find any support from the government and her party, Gandhi on Friday herself announced the formation of a panel of retired judges to conduct public hearings of all cases, saying she believed all of those came out and shared their horrifying stories.
“I believe in all of them. I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complainant. I am proposing to set up a committee with senior judicial and legal persons as members to look into all issues emanating from the #MeToo campaign,” Gandhi was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
"The panel will look into the legal and institutional framework which is in place for handling complaints of sexual harassment and advise the ministry on how to strengthen these frameworks", she said.
Besides MJ Akbar, the names which hit the media headlines include filmmaker Subhash Ghai, Sohel Seth, actors Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, AIB’s Utsav, Tanmay Bhatt, Gursimran Khamba, Rajat Kapoor, singer Kailash Kher, filmmakers Vikas Bahl and Vivek Agnihotri.
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