The court had said it was shameful that crimes against women are taking place in a country where mega epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana were written about respecting them.
The case had been filed by Akbar over Ramani’s allegations of sexual harassment.
The trial court had dismissed the complaint filed by Akbar, saying no charges were proved against Ramani.
Sexual abuse takes away dignity and self-confidence and sometimes a victim may not speak up for years due to the mental trauma, the Court observed.
The judgement is definitely empowering for women who want to make complaints and go ahead and call out their oppressor, says Ghazala Wahab, Executive Editor, Force.
Former Union minister MJ Akbar had filed a defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani after she accused him of sexually harassing her in 1994.
Ramani had made an allegation of sexual misconduct against Akbar in the wake of #MeToo movement in 2018.
Akbar had filed a criminal defamation complaint against Ramani over allegations of sexual misconduct against him
Senior advocate Geeta Luthra, appearing for Akbar, said that if Ramani was apologetic for her allegations, she would ask him to consider closing the complaint.
Akbar had filed a defamation suit against Ramani for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct
The case is at the stage of final hearing.
In 2018, journalist Priya Ramani accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago.
Former Union Minister M J Akbar had filed the criminal defamation complaint against journalist Priya Ramani in March 2018.
Former Union Minister M J Akbar has also been dropped from the reconstituted NMML Society.
Akbar, who appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, said the allegations made by Ramani were 'malafide' and 'defamatory'.
Ramani pleaded not guilty and claimed trial in the defamation charge which was filed by ex-Union minister M J Akbar.
Court has posted for hearing defamation case filed by M J Akbar, in which Priya Ramani was summoned as accused, on April 10.
Ramani had accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago, which was denied by him.
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