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Priya Ramani Acquitted, Case of complainant is not proved: Court

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Priya Ramani Acquitted: Ramani vs Akbar Court hearings had been going on for two years now. The court said, “right of reputation can’t be protected at the cost of right to dignity.”

In the criminal defamation case filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani the court has pronounced its verdict. Ramani has been acquitted by the court and the court said that case of complainant is not proved.

Earlier on 10th Feb the hearing in the case Priya Ramani vs MJ Akbar was adjourned. The Delhi court that was set to pronounce a verdict in the defamation case against Priya Ramani filed two years ago by MJ Akbar.

The order was pronounced by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey today. The order said, “…society must understand the impact of sexual abuse and harassment on its victims.” It was observed that even though Akbar was a man of reputation, even a man of social status can be a sexual harasser. Further it said “Woman has right to put her grievance even after decades.”

“Sexual abuse takes away dignity and self confidence. Right of reputation can’t be protected at the cost of right to dignity”, the Court added.

Women journalist and activists have hailed the judgement. During the course MJ Akbar was represented by Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra and Sandeep Kapur, and Ramani was represented by Senior Advocate Rebecca John with Advocate Bhavook Chauhan.