Journalist Priya Ramani was the first to level charges of misconduct against Akbar by means of a tweet on October 8 in which she said that an article she composed for Vogue India a year back on her experience with MJ Akbar.
Union minister of External Affairs MJ Akbar, accused of sexual harassment and abuse by twelve women in India’s #MeToo development, on Monday has filed a criminal defamation case against Journalist Priya Ramani in Delhi’s Patiala House Court. Ramani had asserted sexual harassment against him.
No less than 10 ladies have blamed Akbar for attack and molestations. The women who have stood up have given definite records of experiences with the 67-year-old, spread over the length of his career as a Journalist. MJ Akbar on Sunday named charges of lewd behaviour levelled against him by a few women as “false, created and profoundly upsetting” and said he was making fitting legal action against them.
“Lies don’t have legs, yet they do contain poison, which can be whipped into a free for all. This is profoundly upsetting. As shown above, I will make a proper legal move,” he said in the statement. The women who blamed Akbar for inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment included Priya Ramani, Ghazala Wahab, Shuma Raha, Anju Bharti, and Shutapa Paul.