The case had been filed by Akbar over Ramani’s allegations of sexual harassment.
The trial court had dismissed the complaint filed by Akbar, saying no charges were proved against Ramani.
Sexual abuse takes away dignity and self-confidence and sometimes a victim may not speak up for years due to the mental trauma, the Court observed.
The judgement is definitely empowering for women who want to make complaints and go ahead and call out their oppressor, says Ghazala Wahab, Executive Editor, Force.
Former Union minister MJ Akbar had filed a defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani after she accused him of sexually harassing her in 1994.
Former Union minister MJ Akbar had filed a defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani after she accused him of sexually harassing her in 1994
Ramani had made an allegation of sexual misconduct against Akbar in the wake of #MeToo movement in 2018.
Akbar had filed a defamation suit against Ramani for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct
The case is at the stage of final hearing.
In 2018, journalist Priya Ramani accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago.
Former Union Minister M J Akbar had filed the criminal defamation complaint against journalist Priya Ramani in March 2018.
Journalist Priya Ramani had on April 10 pleaded not guilty before the court and claimed trial after the court framed defamation charges against her on a criminal complaint of former Union Minister MJ Akbar.
Akbar, who appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, said the allegations made by Ramani were 'malafide' and 'defamatory'.
Ramani pleaded not guilty and claimed trial in the defamation charge which was filed by ex-Union minister M J Akbar.
Court has posted for hearing defamation case filed by M J Akbar, in which Priya Ramani was summoned as accused, on April 10.
Ramani had accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago, which was denied by him.
M.J. Akbar, who resigned as Union minister on October 17 last year, filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani after his name cropped up on social media amid the #MeToo Movement.
Akbar, who resigned as Union minister on October 17, had filed a private criminal defamation complaint in the court against Ramani after his name cropped up on the social media when he was in Nigeria, as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India.
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