Priya Ramani Gets Acquitted Of All Charges In The Defamation Case Filed Against Her By M.J. Akbar

Priya Ramani emerges victorious in the defamation case filled by Former Union Minister M.J Akbar.

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February 19, 2021

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Journalist Priya Ramani has been cleared of all charges by the Rouse Avenue District Court in relation to the defamation case filed by former Union Minister M.J Akbar. The Court said in its judgement, “Women cannot be punished for raising their voice against sexual abuse. The women has a right to air her grievances on any platform of her choice.. even after decades.”

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In October 2018, Priya Ramani accused M.J Akbar of sexual harassment during his journalism days under the #MeToo campaign. She spoke up about the issue in an article written by her for Vogue India titled “To the Harvey Weinsteins of the World”. The article was framed in the format of an open letter and started with the words, “Dear Male Boss”.

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After the article was published, she tweeted in regards to the issue by mentioning the name of M.J Akbar. In response to the tweet, many women spoke up about similar encounters with the then Minister of External Affairs. On October 15, 2018, Akbar filed a defamation case against Ramani, stating that the allegations against him were “wild and baseless”. On October 17, he resigned from his post of Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs.

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M.J Akbar is a veteran journalist who has launched and headed many prominent newspapers and news periodicals of today like Deccan Chronicle, The Telegraph, India Today and many more. He later moved on to become an adviser to the Ministry of Human Resources and ultimately to Union Ministry.

Priya Ramani started her career as a journalist with The Asian Age and then went on to write for major publications like Reuters, Vogue India, Livemint, India Today and others.

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