People praised Delhi Court’s verdict acquitting Priya Ramani 

‘No words, just tears and goosebumps’: Netizens hail Delhi court’s verdict acquitting Priya Ramani:

In another “historic” verdict, a Delhi court on Wednesday acquitted journalist Priya Ramani in the criminal defamation case filed by former union minister MJ Akbar. The trial started in January 2019, and today’s verdict was hailed as a significant one for women and #MeToo movement in India.

MJ Akbar had filed the suit against Ramani on October 15, 2018, for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct decades ago when he was a journalist. The order of the court read that there is a social stigma attached with the allegations. Society must understand the impact of sexual abuse and harassment on the victim, and added, “A woman has right to put her grievance even after decades”. The court further stated that Akbar is a man of reputation, a fact which was not disputed by Ramani.

The official handle of the Me Too movement in India celebrated and praised the verdict. They captioned the post: “We won this”. They later added, “No words right now… Just tears, goosebumps, solidarity to all. We owe a debt of gratitude to the courage of Priya Ramani,” it wrote in a subsequent tweet.

People started sharing their thoughts and #PriyaRamani and #MeToo soon trended all over the social media platforms with many praising Ramani for not giving up and providing hopes to others as well. Though, many people also highlighted that this shouldn’t have happened in the first place and urged that investigations into allegations must begin now.

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To remind you all, Ramani, was the first woman to accuse Akbar of sexual harassment during the #MeToo campaign, in an article in 2017. she had alleged that the former Minister of State for External Affairs had sexually harassed her during a job interview in 1994. Later, over 20 women accused Akbar of sexual harassment.