Google created a #MeToo global tracking tool that shows where the movement is trending. Recently, it’s shown that India has the most #MeToo activity.
In light of the rising movement, India’s former foreign minister M.J. Akbar has resigned after numerous women accused him of sexual assault.
Journalist Priya Ramani wrote an open letter in Vogue India to her former boss who she didn’t name but described as a “predator,” stating, “You’re an expert on obscene phone calls, texts, inappropriate compliments and not taking no for an answer. You know how to pinch, pat, rub, grab, and assault. Speaking up against you still carries a heavy price that many young women cannot afford to pay.”
Almost a year later, she named Akbar as the subject of her letter in a tweet.
“I began this piece with my MJ Akbar story. Never named him because he didn’t “do” anything,” she tweeted. “Lots of women have worse stories about this predator — maybe they’ll share.”
Ramani said she was inspired by a recent wave of women in India coming forward with their #MeToo stories. More women have since come forward with allegations against Akbar and more than a dozen journalists signed a letter supporting her.
Akbar has denied all accusations against him and has filed a criminal defamation case against Ramani.