Home Minister's #MeToo Analogy "Disappointing", Say Activists

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Home Minister's  #MeToo Analogy "Disappointing", Say Activists 

New Delhi: The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's #MeToo analogy to attack the opposition Congress party and warn the opposition parties against an alliance for the national election next year. His statement has left many disappointed and annoyed.

Rajnath Singh explained that "whichever party has aligned with the Congress has failed". The Home Minister said, "Let's hope all opposition parties don't form an alliance with the Congress only to be betrayed later. They might be forced to start their own #MeToo campaign against the Congress," making a reference to the movement that has empowered women to call out their harassers at workplaces.

A committee of a group of ministers, is being headed by the Home Minister, that will address the issue of sexual harassment at workplace and draw a comprehensive plan to prevent it.

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While many accused the union minister of "mocking the movement", others feel that the reference is wrongly placed.

"So HM Rajnath Singh is making fun of women's movement #MeToo, frustration is very much visible on the faces & in the language of BJP leaders," said a Twitter user.

One of the 19 women journalists who have accused former minister MJ Akbar of sexual harassment, tweeted, "Disappointing comments from Rajnath Singh who is part of the GoM set up by the govt to look at existent sexual harassment laws."

Another journalist, Kanika Gahlaut, who has signed a joint statement against the editor-turned-politician, said, "Rajnath Singh heading a panel on sexual harassment following #metoo declares #metoo a conspiracy by embittered people!"

MJ Akbar, the former journalist and union minister had trashed the allegations, had to quit amid the growing #MeToo movement in India.

Last year, the MeToo campaign began in the US after the Harvey Weinstein scandal, gained traction in India last month after former actor Former actress Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actress and her co-star Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. After that, many women have taken to social media to accuse several men in the media, entertainment, political and art of sexual harrasment.

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