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MJ Akbar Has Finally Resigned Following The #MeToo Furore & Even Men Are Rejoicing

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For anyone who thinks the #MeToo movement doesn't matter, here's a real-life positive impact it has brought. MJ Akbar has officially resigned from his position of Minister of State for External Affairs and it's a win for everyone.

This comes after journalist Priya Ramani accused Akbar of sexual harassment, following which he filed a civil defamation case against her. However, 19 woman journalists came forward and asked the Patiala court to consider their testimonies in the suit filed by Akbar. 

In a statement, that came out just a few hours ago, Akbar said he had decided to seek justice in a court of law in his personal capacity, however, still maintaining that the charges against him are false. 

MJ Akbar Resigns Following The #MeToo FuroreTwitter

The statement read, “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 levied against me, also in a personal capacity.”

It went on, “I have, therefore, tendered my resignation from the office of Minister of State for External Affairs. I am deeply grateful to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and to the External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj for the opportunity they gave me to serve my country.”

https://twitter.com/hashtag/MJAkbar?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MJAkbar resigns from his post of Minister of State External Affairs MEA. https://t.co/dxf4EtFl5P">pic.twitter.com/dxf4EtFl5P

— ANI (@ANI) https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1052518966751424514?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018

And, as soon as the news broke of his stepping down, the reactions starting pouring in with men and women coming together to celebrate this incredible achievement for the movement. Well, everyone should get it through their heads – Time really is up.More power!

Finally !!! It took two weeks and the bravery of nearly 20 women for https://twitter.com/hashtag/MJAkbar?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MJAkbar to quit. More power to women's rage, our right to work without harassment, our right to equality and our right to be. https://twitter.com/priyaramani?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@priyaramani thank you & we remain with you in your legal battle. https://twitter.com/hashtag/MeToo?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MeToo https://t.co/F9D7oIeiIL">https://t.co/F9D7oIeiIL

— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) https://twitter.com/BDUTT/status/1052523189157400576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018

It will be soon.

As women we feel vindicated by MJ Akbar's resignation.
I look forward to the day when I will also get justice in court https://twitter.com/hashtag/metoo?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#metoo

— Priya Ramani (@priyaramani) https://twitter.com/priyaramani/status/1052524253621440512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018

Quite significant.

MJ Akbar's resignation is not due to the impact of any political party or any campaign by any channel

It is only and only because 20 women showed  unspeakable bravery & courage

Please let's not belittle their grit

It's a small but significant redemption for them

— Sid (@sidmtweets) https://twitter.com/sidmtweets/status/1052520744956104704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018

A round of applause!

MJ Akbar resigns. https://t.co/t7cLOab1wU">pic.twitter.com/t7cLOab1wU

— Pankaj Pachauri (@PankajPachauri) https://twitter.com/PankajPachauri/status/1052522731231735808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018

Exactly.

MJ Akbar had to resign. The tide of previous wrongs was too powerful to swim against.

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) https://twitter.com/bhogleharsha/status/1052522229555179520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018

Yes.

Finally MJ Akbar has resigned. Shame on him for having delayed it for so long. The credit for the resignation goes not to the Centre or MJ Akbar but directly to the https://twitter.com/hashtag/MeToo?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MeToo campaign. Esp to those brave women who reported the assault & those women and men who stood by them.

— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) https://twitter.com/SwatiJaiHind/status/1052524955341008896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018

Yes, it's their win.

MJ Akbar resigns only because of the courageous women who stood their ground despite threats of prosecution. None else can claim any credit.

— S lrfan Habib (@irfhabib) https://twitter.com/irfhabib/status/1052546380047241226?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018

That hashtag, tho.

So glad that Minister MJ Akbar has resigned his post. His continuation was untenable and indefensible. A big shoutout to all the brave women journalists who called him out for his alleged, sickening and exploitative behaviour towards them.  https://twitter.com/hashtag/Metoo?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Metoo https://twitter.com/hashtag/LetTheWomenBeHeard?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LetTheWomenBeHeard

— Nirupama Menon Rao (@NMenonRao) https://twitter.com/NMenonRao/status/1052529469259419648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018

It's up.

Finally. https://twitter.com/hashtag/TimesUp?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TimesUp https://t.co/HNV90HRaf8">https://t.co/HNV90HRaf8

— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) https://twitter.com/Actor_Siddharth/status/1052531044828700672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018

Who's next?

M.J. Akbar has resigned from the Union cabinet https://twitter.com/hashtag/metoo?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#metoo

— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) https://twitter.com/fayedsouza/status/1052518588920291328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018

 

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