NSUI president quits after sexual harassment charges

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The Congress had set up a three-member committee to look into the issue after a woman levelled charges of sexual harassment against the chief of its youth wing.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accepted the resignation of NSUI national president Fairoz Khan after charges of sexual harassment surfaced against him, PTI quoted Congress sources as saying, reports The Indian Express.

Khan, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, resigned from the post of the Congress student wing president on Monday after a woman Congress worker from Chhattisgarh levelled charges of sexual harassment against him amid the ongoing #MeToo movement.

The party had set up a three-member committee to look into the issue. Khan, while denying the charges on him, said the allegations are hurting the party’s image and hence he would like to step down from the post.

The woman had first complained against Khan in June. She had met Rahul Gandhi and other senior members of the party, demanding strict action against the youth wing president. She had also accused Khan of sexually harassing her sister and some other women from the party. She also lodged a complaint against him in the Parliament Street police station, saying that she feared for her life.

The allegations on Khan have come at a time when Congress is actively seeking the Centre’s response to sexual harassment allegations over Union minister MJ Akbar.  The opposition party has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for keeping quiet about the allegations against Akbar and has demanded the latter’s resignation.unb

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