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As minister resigns, #MeToo gains force in India

18.10.18 / As #MeToo celebrates its first anniversary, the movement is sweeping through India with dozens of high profile executives, filmmakers and performers accused of sexual harassment and assault.

Yesterday foreign minister MJ Akbar resigned after 21 women came forward alleging misconduct, including forced touching and kissing, and insisting job interviews be carried out on beds in hotel rooms.

Earlier this week Akbar and his team of 97 lawyers filed a defamation suit against Priya Ramani, the first woman to publicly accuse him of sexual harassment. Defamation charges have commonly been used as a silencing tactic. The Editors Guild of India have since urged him to withdraw his complaint.

The movement has been gaining traction in India since the end of September when Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta spoke out about being ignored when she claimed she was sexually harassed by fellow actor Nana Patekar during filming in 2008. Since then multiple women have been sharing their stories on social media.

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