#MeToo: MJ Akbar faces another allegation of sexual misconduct, Indian-American woman journalist accuses him of rape

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Series of allegation continue to be levelled against former minister of state in the Narendra Modi government and a veteran journalist M J Akbar with another Indian-American woman journalist, who worked with him at Asian Age newspaper, coming forward to share her horrific experience.

The journalist, in a piece in Washington Post, shared her experience of allegedly being sexually, verbally and emotinally abused by Akbar.

It must have been late spring or summer of 1994, and I had gone into his office — his door was often closed. I went to show him the op-ed page I had created with what I thought were clever headlines. He applauded my effort and suddenly lunged to kiss me, wrote the journalist.

The second incident was a few months later, when I was summoned to Bombay to help launch a magazine. He called me to his room at the fancy Taj hotel, again to see the layouts. When he again came close to me to kiss me, I fought him and pushed him away. He scratched my face as I ran away, tears streaming down, she added further.

The journalist sharing her third frightening encounter with Akbar at a hotel in Jaipur, where she had gone to cover the killing of a young couple, said ” In his hotel room, even though I fought him, he was physically more powerful. He ripped off my clothes and raped me”.

Washington Post reached out to Sandeep Kapur, Akbar’s lawyer, for comment on the accounts laid out in the piece by the journalist. The lawyer responded saying ” My client states that these [incidents and allegations] are false and expressly denied”.

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