Priya Ramani Acquitted In MJ Akbar’s #MeeToo Criminal Case

On the 17th of February, a Delhi Cort acquitted journalist Priya Ramani in the criminal defamation case filed by former Union Minister M.J. Akbar.

M.J. Akbar filed a defamation case against his junior Priya Ramani over #metoomovement case filed in 2018.

However, the Delhi Court in its verdict acquitted Ms. Ramani,  In its judgement, the Delhi Court said, two epic mythology of India, Mahabharata and Ramayana shows the importance of women and their dignity.

The court said, “It’s shameful that such incidents are happening in India.  Two great epics Mahabharata and Ramayana have been written here to show the protection of dignity of a woman.”

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey, who reviewed the matter said, legendary bird Jatayu fought demo king Ravana to save Sita.  Speaking more about the Ramayana, the judge said that when Laxman was asked to describe Sita, he said he never looked beyond her feet. Magistrate Kumar said, “Reverence to women is essential in Indian ethos.”

The court also accepted the contention that Akbar was not a man of stellar and impeccable reputation.

The court also said that most women do not talk about the sexual harassment to prevent her dignity as she also has a family and has to go through the trauma.

The judgement in the M.J. Akbar’s defamation case was reserved for the 17th of February in its last hearing held on the 1st of February.

Mr. Akbar, the former minister of state for external affairs, had filed the complaint against Ramani on October 15, 2018 for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct decades ago when he was a journalist.

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