The women journalists, who have accused Union Minister M J Akbar of sexual harassment, while reiterating their stand in response to Akbar’s claim that charges against him are “fabricatred”, they are also questioning the silence of women ministers in Narendra Modi’s cabinet.
Responding to the stand taken by the Modi government and the silence of women ministers like Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Maneka Gandhi, senior journalist Ghazala Wahab, who has accused Akbar of sexual misconduct, accused them of “treachery”.
Questioning their silence on sexual harassment allegations against a Union minister by at least 11 women, she quoted a couplet: “Kahoon kis tarah se ke woh bewafa hai, Mujhe uski majbooriyon ka pata hai (How can I call out their treachery when I know their compulsions),” she wrote in a tweet.
Journalist Suparna Sharma, who has also accused MJ Akbar said that she stand by her testimony. Responding to Akbar’s charge that the allegations against him are politically motivated, US-based journalist Majlie de Puy Kamp, who too has accused Akbar of sexual harassment, said she isn’t an Indian citizens and can’t vote. “I do not have a political agenda…I have evidence. I am disappointed but not surprised by his statement. I am, however, very comfortable with my story,” she reportedly said.
Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, Swati Jai Hind also attacked MJ Akbar and said his behavior was “notorious” and “lecherous”. She asked if all women are making false allegations against Akbar. “They are after your seat in Parliament? What a moron MJ Akbar is! If anyone is impacting BJP adversely today, it is MJ Akbar for his notoriety and lecherous behavior,” she said. The DCW chief also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the entire controversy. She said PM Modi’s “silence” and “inaction” is “unbelievable”.