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#MeToo jolts Indian politics as Modi minister stands accused

Akbar denies allegations and suggests conspiracy to sway elections

NEW DELHI -- India's nascent #MeToo movement is hitting the country's political scene just months ahead of a general election, as a high-profile minister in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

About a dozen women, many of them seasoned journalists, have taken to social media in recent days to share allegations of sexual harassment by MJ Akbar, 67, a junior foreign minister in the Modi cabinet. The harassment, according to the women, took place when they were newcomers to the field and he was a top editor. The accusations include invitations to his hotel room for job interviews, unwanted advances and forcible kissing.

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