Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Wednesday acquitted #Metoo whistle blower Priya Ramani in criminal defamation case by former minister MJ Akbar.
“Right of reputation can’t be protected at the cost of right to dignity,” Judge Ravindra Kumar Pandey observed. “Society should perceive the influence of sexual abuse and harassment on its victims.”
Court observes that Even a person of social status can be a sexual harasser.
The defamation was filled in October 2018, after Priya Ramani came out with allegations towards MJ Akbar during the wave of Metoo movement. Ramani used Twitter to level allegations of sexual misconduct towards him.
Ramani claimed that in December 1993, MJ Akbar sexually harassed her when she was known as to The Oberoi, Mumbai for a job interview.
“We won this,” wrote #MetooIndia on twitter becoming a member of dozens who’re celebrating the decision.
Over the course of the trial, Ramani highlighted the number of sexual harassment disclosures made by a number of girls against Akbar on social media. The scandal finally led to Akbar tendering his resignation as Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs on October 17, 2018.