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#MeToo:Journalists protest in Delhi, say sexual harassment at workplace non-negotiable

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

As the #MeToo movement intensifies in the country, a group of journalists Saturday held a protest here expressing solidarity with their women colleagues who have come out and demanded proper implementation of the prevention of act to ensure dignity at

The protesting journalists also sought immediate action against those facing allegations of sexual misconduct.

They also demanded the removal of M J Akbar, who has been accused of by a number of women journalists, when he was an of several publications, a few years ago.

The scribes also held placards bearing messages that at was not acceptable and said "accountability begins from the top" with protesting journalists raising slogans seeking removal of Akbar.

The group of journalists also passed a joint resolution seeking justice for the victims.

"Sexual harassment at is non-negotiable. We salute those women who have come out and shared their trauma. It is not easy to speak out and takes a lot of courage to speak up about such incidents," and IWPC T K Rajalakshmi said.

Besides members of the (IWPC), journalists from some print and assembled in front of the and raised slogans, demanding proper implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act.

"We, the assembled journalists today express our complete solidarity with all those ho have come out and spoken courageously against the harassment they have faced by colleagues and superiors," the resolution said.

The IWPC said such incidents need to be checked also through proper monitoring of the internal complaints committee (ICC).

"Such cases also show that ICCs are either not there or not effective in media organisations," she said.

and Friday had strongly backed women who narrated their experiences of sexual misconduct and more as the #MeToo floodgates opened wider with high-profile directors Sajid Khan, and the latest to be 'outed'.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 16:40 IST