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Women should speak up...brought up to believe silence is a virtue: Priya Ramani to court in MJ Akbar case

She told the court, “It was important and necessary for women to speak up about sexual harassment at workplace. Many of us are brought up to believe that silence is a virtue.”

It has come at great personal cost: Priya Ramani to court in M J Akbar case

Priya Ramani worked at the Asian Age from January to October in 1994 and had accused MJ Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist. Akbar has denied the accusations.

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Tweets on MJ Akbar aimed at highlighting his 'sexually-coloured behaviour': Ramani

"I felt compelled to speak up about my experience with Akbar in 1993 and so I removed the anonymity that I had given to Akbar in my Vogue article and named him as the editor who had sexually harassed me," deposed Ramani.

Ramani: Sexual harassment victims facing criminal cases for telling truth

Responding to the allegations, Ramani told the court, “He (Akbar) has deliberately targeted me to divert attention away from serious complaints against him. Through his testimony, he feigned ignorance about my story and my truth.”

Defamation case: Cross-examination of M J Akbar’s witnesses ends

Akbar had resigned as a Minister of State after Ramani leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against him. He subsequently filed a defamation lawsuit against her. 

Defamation case: Faced with list of other complainants, MJ Akbar witnesses say don’t know

Akbar had resigned as a minister last year after journalist Priya Ramani leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against him. He subsequently filed a defamation lawsuit against her.

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#MeToo: Never met Priya Ramani in hotel room, says MJ Akbar

Akbar also said that he did not receive any phone call from Ramani from the hotel reception that day.

#MeToo: M J Akbar denies calling Priya Ramani in hotel room in 1994

Akbar, who had resigned as minister on October 17 last year following the allegations levelled during the campaign, vehemently objected to the questions of Ramani's counsel about other women scribes who had also accused him of sexual misconduct.

#MeToo: M J Akbar ducks questions by Ramani's counsel, says 'I do not remember'

Ramani, along with many other women, had levelled allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against the former Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs. But Akbar pursued legal action against Ramani after resigning from his post on October 17, 2018.

Delhi court frames defamation charge against Priya Ramani in case filed by M J Akbar

Akbar, who resigned as Union minister on October 17 last year, filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani after his name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India.

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MJ Akbar and the #MeToo campaign: A timeline

Junior minister MJ Akbar has filed a case of criminal defamation against Priya Ramani, the first woman to have publicly accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour. Here's a timeline the case so far.

Six women journalists accuse union minister MJ Akbar of sexual harassment

At least 6 women journalists, who have previously worked with MJ Akbar, the Minister of State for External Affairs, accused him of sexual harassment during his time as a journalist and editor.

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