New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 13: The Indian version of #MeToo storm is getting a response from the foreign shores also. Victims from the foreign shores are speaking up.A US journalist accuses MJ Akbar of harassing her when she was just 18 years old. She was an intern at The Asian Age in 2007 at the time of the alleged incident.
The MeToo storm which was shaking and breaking Bollywood citadels reached and knocked the doors of media when senior scribe Priya Ramani opened the pandora's box.Priya Ramani had written an article on Akbar in Vogue India in October last year, without naming the minister.In her article titled 'To the Harvey Weinsteins of the world,' Ramani narrated her experience with the former journalist and now minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar in a hotel room in Mumbai, where he had called her for an interview."You’re an expert on obscene phone calls, texts, inappropriate compliments and not taking no for an answer. You know how to pinch, pat, rub, grab and assault. Speaking up against you still carries a heavy price that many young women cannot afford to pay," it read.
And then all hell broke loose. Following Ramani, fellow women journalists took on to Twitter to narrate their ordeal.
Majlie de Puy Kamp alleged that Akbar forcibly kissed her on the last day of her internship at the newspaper at his office. “What he did was disgusting, he violated my boundaries, betrayed my trust and that of my parents,” Kamp told HuffPost India in an e-mail.The woman’s father, who was also a friend of the editor, wrote to Akbar soon after she returned to the United States. In the e-mail, he said his daughter had informed him right after the incident. “...I also have to add that the way you “said goodbye” to my 18-year-old daughter was not exactly as I would expect a friend to do,” he said.In his reply, Akbar said he was “shocked” and “dumbfounded”. He said such issues were “prone to misunderstanding” and apologised.