MeToo: Disclosure of sexual harassment was for public good, Priya Ramani tells courtroom

New Delhi, September 5

Journalist Priya Ramani informed a Delhi courtroom on Saturday that her remarks alleging sexual harassment by former Union minister MJ Akbar have been “her truth” that she disclosed in “good faith” for the “public good” and, subsequently, don’t quantity to defamation.

Ramani submitted this earlier than Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja by her lawyer through the closing listening to of a non-public prison defamation criticism filed by Akbar in opposition to her.

During the #MeToo motion, Ramani in 2018 accused Akbar of sexual misconduct round 20 years in the past when he was a journalist.

Akbar resigned as Union minister on October 17, 2018.

Senior advocate Rebecca John, showing for Ramani, informed the courtroom on Saturday that as per legislation it’s not defamation to impute something which is true regarding any individual whether it is for the general public good.

“A true imputation made in the public good is not defamation…  it is not defamation to make an imputation on the character of another when it is made in good faith for the protection of his or other’s interest,” she informed the courtroom throughout a digital listening to.

John additional stated that “Priya Ramani’s alleged defamatory tweets and the Vogue article were her truth. I am saying this is my (Ramani’s) truth… it is the truth, is in good faith, touching public good”.          

The courtroom will additional hear the arguments on September 8.

Akbar had earlier informed the courtroom that Ramani had defamed him by utilizing adjectives equivalent to ‘media’s largest predator’ in opposition to him that harmed his status.

MJ Akbar has denied all of the allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to the ladies who got here ahead through the #MeToo marketing campaign in opposition to him.

Akbar had informed the courtroom that the allegations made in an article within the ‘Vogue’ and the following tweets have been defamatory on the face of it because the complainant had deposed them to be false and imaginary and that “immediate damage” was brought about to him as a result of “false” allegations by Priya Ramani.

Ramani had earlier informed the courtroom that her “disclosure” of alleged sexual harassment by Akbar has come at “a great personal cost” and he or she had “nothing to gain” from it.

She had stated her transfer would empower ladies to talk up and make them perceive their rights on the office.

Several ladies got here up with accounts of the alleged sexual harassment by MJ Akbar him whereas they have been working as journalists underneath him.

He has termed the allegations “false, fabricated and deeply distressing” and stated he was taking applicable authorized motion in opposition to them. PTI


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