#MeToo: Akbar harassed intern when she was just 18

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2018 15:29 hrs
M J Akbar

New Delhi: Another charge of sexual harassment has been levelled against M J Akbar by journalist Majlie de Puy Kamp, who says the former editor forced himself on her in 2007.

de Puy Kamp, then 18, was completing her internship at the The Asian Age newspaper in 2007, under the editorship of then 55-year old Akbar. de Puy Kamp was on her gap year after finishing high school.

Their daily interaction would last less than five minutes, there was never much conversation.

That particular day, as Akbar looked over the pictures, de Puy Kamp thanked him for letting him intern at his paper.

"He got up and walked around his desk to where I was sitting, so I also got up and I extended my hand."

de Puy Kamp recalled this week. "He grabbed me right under my shoulders, on my arms, and pulled me in and kissed me on my mouth and forced his tongue into my mouth, and I just stood there."

"What he did was disgusting, he violated my boundaries, betrayed my trust and that of my parents," du Puy Kamp told HuffPost India in an email, adding that she met Akbar through her parents who had worked as foreign correspondents in Delhi in the 1990s. "He was my parent's friend, he was supposed to pull through for me if I ever got in trouble while living in a foreign country."

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