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Cong demands probe into sexual harassment allegations against M J Akbar; Govt mum

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Tuesday demanded a probe into allegations of against Union M J even as evaded questions whether the government will take any action against him.

As the #MeToo campaign gathered momentum in India, some women journalists have come out and accused Akbar, a former and now the of State for External Affairs, of sexually harassing them during his stint as

There was no reaction available from on these allegations against him.

When asked about these charges against her ministerial colleague and whether there will be an internal inquiry against him, evaded the question from reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

Reacting on the issue, the demanded that the matter should be investigated.

"It is an extremely serious matter and the minister concerned needs to speak up. Silence cannot be a way out. This matter should be investigated. We would like to hear from both the minister in question and the on this issue," told reporters.

At a regular party briefing, BJP was also asked a volley of questions on the issue but he declined to respond.

He said his mandate was to speak on the specific issue of the Congress role in allegedly fomenting violence against migrants in

The #MeToo movement has intensified in the country with more women recounting their experiences of in the entertainment and

The movement started in after alleged that well-known sexually harassed her on the sets of a movie in 2008. Since then, many women have come out in public to share their experiences of harassment.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 19:25 IST