So far Prime Minister Modi has stayed silent on the resignation of his Junior Foreign Minister. But in the run up to a general election next year, the PM is facing mounting pressure to address India's burgeoning MeToo movement.
Talk of sexual harassment in newspapers and prime time TV shows is already creating a noticeable shift in conservative India, says Reuters' correspondent Sanjeev Miglani in New Delhi.>> Yes, it looks like this is India's MeToo moment. It finally arrived and now it's all over our television channels, every night there is very heated discussion.
It spilled over into drawing room conversations across the metropolitans of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore.>>
>> It is fair to say that a lot of women are feeling that they've finally got a voice. There are a lot of men who are sort of standing up. But there are also people who are saying this is getting a bit too far.>> Just as the campaign begins to gather pace, women's rights activists say a number of hurdles could stop it in its tracks.
Akbar and Bollywood star Alok Nath are some of the highest profile names to be called into question. Both filed defamation lawsuits against their accusers this week. In India that comes with a threat of jail time and legal experts say it can take years to drag through the courts.
And in a country where hundreds of millions work in an informal economy, with little in the way of channels of complaint. Activists say there's little chance of this trickling down to ordinary women and men in India.