A Delhi Court docket on Wednesday acquitted Journalist Priya Ramani in a prison defamation case filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar for accusing him of sexual misconduct.
Within the wake of #MeToo motion in 2018, Ramani had made an allegation of sexual harassment in opposition to Akbar. Pursuant to this, he filed the prison defamation case in opposition to her and resigned because the Union Minister. The trial started in 2019 and went on for nearly two years.
In 2017, Ramani wrote an article for the Vogue the place she described her ordeal of being sexually harassed by a former boss throughout her job interview for his publication.
One 12 months later, she revealed that the individual alluded to as harasser in article was MJ Akbar.
Akbar advised the courtroom that Ramani’s allegations have been fictitious and value him his stellar status. Priya Ramani, alternatively, contested these claims, pleaded reality as her defence and stated that she made allegations in good religion, public curiosity, and for public good.
The judgement within the case is essential because it units a precedent for comparable instances which arose from the discourse-changing #MeToo motion.