Irani declines on allegations against Akabar

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Union Minister, Smriti Irani on Thursday, declined to comment on the allegations made on sexual harassment against her ministerial colleague M J Akbar, even as she said justice should be given to the ladies who are speaking out.

As the #MeToo campaign gathered eyes of people, some women journalists have come out and accused Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, of sexually harassing them during his stint as an editor in two newspapers.

She urged people to not to mock the women, who are speaking out against the harassment meted out to them.She said “I have said again and again on this particular issue, especially about women speaking out, that anybody speaking out that in no way should be shamed, victimised or mocked. That is my only appeal to everybody who is witnessing this surge of outpouring of emotion, of anger on the internet and offline also “ she said.
She underlined, that women don’t go to work to be harassed, but to work to live their dreams and earn a respectable living.

"I feel there are enough instruments in our judicial and police systems to deliver justice and I am hopeful that all these ladies who are speaking out get, due to due process, the justice that they deserve, Irani said.

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