BJP's Udit Raj slams #MeToo crusade: Movement a wrong practice in India

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 9: After a BJP senior leader (MJ Akbar) was in dock and was blamed by a woman journalist (Priya Ramani) for molestation as part of the #MeToo campaign, another BJP MP has outrightly belittled the movement.  BJP MP Udit Raj termed the #MeToo movement in India a "wrong practice" and questioned the relevance of making sexual harassment allegations against anybody after 10 years. 

"#MeToo movement is important but what is the relevance of making sexual harassment allegations against anybody ten years later? How will the truth in these allegations be established after so long? "The person on whose the allegations will be levelled, how much it will tarnish his image is worth giving a thought. A wrong practice is being initiated," he tweeted in Hindi.

The #MeToo storm has intensified in the country with more women recounting their experiences of sexual harassment in the entertainment and media industryThe lawmaker from the north-west Delhi constituency said the #MeToo movement was being used for blackmailing. "How is it possible that a girl who is in a live-in relationship can level rape allegations against her partner and he is booked and sent to jail. Such incidents are happening so frequently these days. Isn't it being used for blackmailing?," he said.