Former Union Minister M J Akbar (L) and (R) Journalist Priya Ramani
Former Union Minister M J Akbar (L) and (R) Journalist Priya Ramani

A Delhi Court acquitted journalist Priya Ramani in M J Akbar's criminal defamation complaint for her allegations of sexual harassment against him.

The Delhi Court said that a woman has right to put her grievance even after decades.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey dismissed the complaint filed by Akbar saying that no charges were proved against her.

The court said it is shameful that crimes against women are taking place in a country where mega epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana were written about respecting them.

The glass ceiling will not prevent Indian women as a roadblock in advancement in society of equal opportunities, it said.

Ramani had made an allegation of sexual misconduct against Akbar in the wake of #MeToo movement in 2018. Akbar 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.

He resigned as Union minister on October 17, 2018. He has denied all the allegations of sexual harassment against the women who came forward during #MeToo campaign against him.

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