Fairoz Khan resigns amidst sexual harassment charges, Twitterati raise questions on MJ Akbar

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accepted the resignation of NSUI national president Fairoz Khan, who quit following allegations of sexual harassment.

Fairoz Khan

Khan, a native of Jammu and Kashmir, had reportedly submitted his resignation on Monday. A report by PTI said that the Congress had set up a three-member committee to look into the issue after a woman, also a Congress worker, levelled charges of sexual harassment against the chief of its youth wing.

The woman in question from Chhattisgarh had lodged a complaint against him in the Parliament Street police station, saying that she feared for her life.

Soon after the news of Khan’s resignation became public, social media users including journalists renewed their demand for the BJP to sack its minister MJ Akbar, who’s been facing allegations of serious misconduct by at least 16 women journalists, who worked under him in the past.

Akbar on Monday had filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani by hiring a firm with 97 lawyers. The case is likely to be heard at Patiala House Court on Tuesday.

Demanding Akbar’s resignation, Twitter user Neerja Gogoi asked, “Fairoz Khan has resigned from the post of the NSUI President. This is a positive development, the first resignation from the political realm. We now expect MJ Akbar to be sacked.

User Samar tweeted, “Difference: NSUI president Fairoz Khan forced to resign after sexual harassment charges, gang rape chargesheeted Kuldeep Singh Sengar continues to be BJP MLA, Union Minister MJ Akbar Union Minister. Period.”

 

 

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