Priya Ramani On Not Disclosing Harassment By MJ Akbar: There Was Gap In Law 25 Years Ago

Priya Ramani

Journalist Priya Ramani told a Delhi court on Tuesday that she disclosed the alleged sexual harassment by former Union minister MJ Akbar around 25-year later because back then there was “a vacuum in law and there was no platform either”.

Ms Ramani made the submission before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja through her lawyer during the final hearing of a private criminal defamation complaint filed by MJ Akbar against her.

In the wake of #MeToo movement, Ms Ramani in 2018 accused MJ Akbar of sexual misconduct around 25 years ago when he was a journalist. MJ Akbar, who later became Union minister, resigned on October 17, 2018 following the allegations.

Senior advocate Rebecca John said that Ms Ramani’s tweets were based on her own experience with Akbar.

“Her experience is the fulcrum on which good faith rests. It is validated subsequently by the combined experience of multiple women making similar allegations,” Ms John said, adding that many spoke before her tweet while many spoke later.

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