#MeToo: Ahead Of Priya Ramani-MJ Akbar Verdict, Women Are Saying This

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MJ Akbar-Priya Ramani verdict today: About three years have passed since one of India’s most high-profile #MeToo cases came to light.

Between 2017 and 2018, journalist Priya Ramani accused former Union Minister and prominent journalist MJ Akbar of sexual harassment. After she spoke up, prompting more women to charge Akbar with similar allegations, he slapped a defamation case on her. A Delhi court is set to pronounce a verdict in that case today. 

When Ramani’s #MeToo allegations came to light, the movement against harassment and abuse of women was still in its nascent stages in India. That the journalist took on a figure as powerful as Akbar then was hailed as a watershed moment in India’s feminist movement. 

As India awaits the Priya Ramani verdict, here is what women are saying online 

Prominent women, including from the fields of journalism, law, writing, are claiming that the Priya Ramani verdict will purportedly determine the course #MeToo takes in the country henceforth. Many are responding with the #IStandWithPriyaRamani hashtag. Here are some reactions. 

Supreme Court advocate Karuna Nundy lauds Ramani and her lawyer John for fighting “a courageous, excellent case.” 

Journalist Harinder Baweja emphasises, “Let’s not forget: multiple women have graphic accounts.” 

Writer Subhakeerthana says, “For women, the courage to identify an abuser in power IS NEVER smooth. Believe people.” 

Media watcher Harini Calamur claims, “i have heard too many first person accounts of the man, even before he became a politician.”  

Women on the significance of the Priya Ramani verdict 

Journalist Dhanya Rajendran wrote on Twitter, “With Priya Ramani. This is an important fight she fought for us all.” 

Suhasini Haidar, meanwhile, wrote, “The process itself has been a learning for us all….Priya Ramani’s courage is inspiring.”

Wishing Ramani luck, Rohini Singh wrote, “When a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women. Your courage is inspiring.” 

Views expressed are the author’s own.