India’s junior foreign minister has announced his resignation following allegations of sexual harassment by a string of women, as the country’s fledgling #MeToo movement gathers pace.
“Since I have decided to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity, I deem it appropriate to step down from office and challenge false accusations against me,” MJ Akbar, a former newspaper editor, said in a statement on Wednesday.
On Monday he filed a defamation lawsuit against a journalist who accused him of sexual harassment.
Akbar, 67, a prominent newspaper editor-turned-politician, was the most high-profile figure so far to be named in connection with what is being described as India’s MeToo movement.
More than a dozen women who worked with Akbar during his days as an editor had come out with allegations ranging from sexual harassment to assault.