Asia Briefs: S. Korean MP accused of sex abuse quits

S. Korean MP accused of sex abuse quits

SEOUL • A South Korean member of Parliament quit yesterday after being accused of sex abuse, the latest target of a spreading #MeToo campaign.

Mr Min Byung Doo, 59, is the first sitting MP to step down over abuse allegations.

A woman had claimed in an online interview that Mr Min had forcibly kissed her and unzipped her trousers at a karaoke outlet in 2008.

He denied this last week.


Indonesian university reverses niqab ban

YOGYAKARTA • A university whose ban on niqab face veils made global headlines has reversed the policy after critics said it was infringing on personal choice.

Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University in Yogyakarta had issued the edict last week to over 30 niqab-wearing students. It said that non-compliance could result in expulsion.


Farmers walk six days to protest in Mumbai

MUMBAI • Tens of thousands of Indian farmers protested in Mumbai yesterday after walking more than 100km to demand better crop prices and land rights.

The farmers, wearing red caps and carrying red flags, arrived in the city following a six-day trek from Nashik to the north of India's financial capital. Officials estimated the crowd at up to 30,000 demonstrators.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe