Former Union Minister Akbar jolted by court: Journalist Priya Ramani acquitted in defamation case, court said – women have right to complaint even after decades of harassment

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Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court acquitted journalist Priya Ramani in a defamation case. On this decision, Ramani said, “I am very happy that my truth has been proved in the court.” Defamation case was filed against Ramani by former Union Minister MJ Akbar. When the #MeToo campaign started in the country in 2018, Ramani accused MJ Akbar of sexually assaulting her.

The incident that Ramani cited was two decades old. Akbar was a journalist then. 20 years later, when Ramani revealed his name, Akbar was the Minister of State for External Affairs in the Modi government.

It feels good to be true in front of court: Ramani
After being acquitted from the court, the journalist Priya Ramani said that despite being a victim, I had to stand in court as if I am an accused. I thank all those people who stood by me. Especially my two witnesses Ghazala Wahab and Nilofar Venkataraman, who came to court for me and gave a statement. This is a win for women and the #MeToo campaign. It feels so good to be true in front of the court.

10 court comments in Akbar vs Ramani case

  • The court believes that what Priya Ramani revealed was a move to protest against sexual harassment on the workplace.
  • Society has to understand how sexual harassment affects women.
  • Such harassment is against dignity and it takes away confidence.
  • One cannot maintain one’s image at the cost of personal dignity.
  • A person who holds social status can also be sexually harassed.
  • It cannot be ignored that most cases of sexual harassment are behind closed doors.
  • Victim many times cannot understand what has happened to them, so women have the right to express their grievances even after decades.
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  • The constitution has given Article 21 and the right to equality. Priya Ramani had every right to declare the incident on the platform of her choice.
  • Jatayu came forward to help Sita in the Ramayana. When Laxman was also asked to tell about Sita, he said that his eyes never went above Sita’s feet. This is an example of respect for women in Indian values.
  • It is a shame that crimes are being committed against women in a country where Mahabharata and Ramayana have been written to honor women.

Ramani wrote an article for ‘Vogue’
In 2017, journalist Priya Ramani wrote an article for ‘Vogue’ magazine. In this, he accused the boss of sexual harassment during a job interview about 20 years ago. When the #MeToo campaign started in the country in 2018, Ramani revealed that the perpetrator was MJ Akbar.

Due to these allegations, Akbar had to leave the post of minister on 17 October 2018. Akbar then filed a defamation suit against Ramani.

Akbar described Ramani’s allegations as fictitious
During the trial, Akbar told the court that Ramani’s allegations were fictitious. This has damaged his image. Ramani, on the other hand, stayed her claims. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey reserved the verdict after hearing the arguments on 1 February.

Tanushree Dutta accuses Nana and #MeToo in India Campaign started
In 2008, there was some incident with Tanushree Dutta on the set of the movie ‘Horn Ok Please’. Tanushree accused Nana Patekar and choreographer Ganesh Acharya. Then the case did not catch up so much. 10 years later, in 2018 Tanushree returned to India and gave an interview. In this, he recounted that incident. Some people linked it to #MeToo.

After this, actor Alok Nath, Union Minister MJ Akbar, CPI-M Kerala MLA Madhavan Mukesh and Director Vikas Bahl were also accused of sexual harassment allegations.

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