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Women journalists not so innocent that they can be misused by anyone: BJP leader

BJP leader Lata Ketkar said she welcomed the Me Too movement as it gave strength to women if they felt they had been harassed.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2018 09:46 IST
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BJP Madhya Pradesh women’s wing chief Lata Ketkar said that she does not consider women journalists so “innocent” that they could be misused by anyone.(ANI/Twitter)

In a statement that could possibly stir up a controversy, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Madhya Pradesh women wing chief Lata Ketkar said that she does not consider women journalists so “innocent” that they could be misused by anyone.

This statement comes in the wake of recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar during his time as a journalist.

However, Ketkar also said that she welcomed the Me Too movement as it gave strength to women if they felt they had been harassed.

According to a source, senior ministers, in off-record conversations, have indicated that Akbar will have to step down once he returns to India. However, a consensus has reportedly not been achieved among the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members on whether an MoS can be ousted merely on the basis of allegations.

Akbar has come under the scanner after several of his former women colleagues accused him of sexual misconduct when he held senior editorial positions in a number of media organisations.

The slew of allegations were sparked by the #MeToo movement, which has gained momentum in the country after scores of women, from various fields of work, shared their harassment ordeals on social media platforms.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Oct 13, 2018 09:41 IST