#MeToo: The Women Who Brought MJ Akbar Down

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#MeToo: The Women Who Brought MJ Akbar Down

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


inister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar has finally resigned. After days of dilly-dallying, calls from the Opposition, equivocation from the ruling government, and a defamation lawsuit, Akbar has been forced by public pressure or conscience to step down. In the confusing last few weeks, he is the most high-profile casualty of India’s roaring #MeToo movement.

A powerful former editor, Akbar’s shenanigans in the newsroom were an open secret for decades. At last count, 16 women had spoken up about how he harassed them and 20 journalists came forward to testify against him in court.