#MeToo movement launched by people with 'perverted' minds, says Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan

Akbar, who edited many mainstream publications before joining politics, resigned as junior external affairs minister Wednesday after a host of his former women journalist colleagues accused him of sexual harassment.

Press Trust of India October 18, 2018 20:43:58 IST
#MeToo movement launched by people with 'perverted' minds, says Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan

Karur: In potentially controversial remarks that could provoke a backlash, Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan has said the #MeToo movement was started by "people with perverted minds" and wondered if it was fair to level accusations over incidents that happened years ago.

MeToo movement launched by people with perverted minds says Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan

File image of Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan. Image courtesy: Twitter

The BJP leader made the comments on the sidelines of an event in response to questions by reporters Wednesday amid the raging #MeToo storm which has demolished the carefully cultivated reputations of many distinguished personalities in the field of media and entertainment industry including celebrated journalist MJ Akbar.

Akbar, who edited many mainstream publications before joining politics, resigned as junior external affairs minister Wednesday after a host of his former women journalist colleagues accused him of sexual harassment.

"If someone makes an allegation that such a thing happened... when the incident happened we were playing together while in class 5... would it be fair? "This (MeToo movement) is the result of the behaviour of some people who have perverted minds," Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Shipping and Finance said.

Noting that the 'MeToo' movement had sullied the image of the country and women, he wondered if it would be right for men to start "making similar accusations like them".

"That will be such a big insult... Will it be acceptable?" Radhakrishnan said. The #MeToo movement has gathered steam over the past few days with a number of women speaking about sexual harassment at workplace and outed their alleged tormentors.  Several celebrities including actors Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, filmmaker Subhash Ghai, author Chetan Bhagat, singer Kailash Kher and Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu are among the few who have been called out by their alleged victims.

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