#MeToo: MJ Akbar sues journalist for defamation

#MeToo: MJ Akbar sues journalist for defamation

The Patiala House Court has stated that it has listed the hearing of Union Minister MJ Akbar's defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani on October 18.

As he is now part of the External Affairs ministry, questions were directed at the Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj regarding the allegation against MJ Akbar.

On Sunday, Akbar had released a statement denying the allegations and saying he would take "appropriate legal action".

In the lengthy statement, the minister has specifically replied to allegations made by women journalists. "These testimonies have emerged as a outcome of a slow but increasing empowerment of women over the years and a #MeToo movement unfolding across social media in India". They also have often cited their failed efforts to get justice through regular channels. In the column titled "defamatory imputations" in the complaint was Ramani's entire article. But they say their concerns were repeatedly dismissed or trivialized by colleagues and that "due process" in India has broken down.

We the undersigned journalist organisations have been deeply concerned over the overwhelming complaints of sexual harassment in the media.

Sexual harassment at the workplace is a pervasive phenomenon.

In this episode, we'll hear from other women driving the #MeToo movement in India.

Hurricane Michael Aftermath | Searchers find another body
Many places are still without power and rescue efforts have been hampered by fallen trees and other debris blocking roads. Mr Long expressed worry that people have suffered "hurricane amnesia". "You know that, right?" he told the farmers.

M J Akbar had filed a criminal defamation suit against Priya Ramani for levelling allegations of sexual harassment.

It set off a roaring debate on social media, and a thread on Twitter became a forum for #MeToo stories from various fields, sparing no one - film personalities, writers, journalists and entertainers.

The advocate said that woman journalist had mentioned incidents which allegedly occurred 20 years ago and she had simultaneously admitted that Akbar had not done anything to her.

Harinder Baweja, another woman who named Akbar as her abuser, tweeted his argument is "insane". "I could not reply earlier as I was on an official tour overseas", he said in a statement issued shortly after arriving in New Delhi. While some alleged that he would call them to his hotel rooms for 'job interviews, ' others accused him of sexually attacking them inside his personal office space. I don't think it's wrong if they're coming out after a long time.

The allegations had led to speculation about Akbar's possible resignation until he said yesterday that he would contest the allegation. "Men who are in positions of power often do this", said Maneka Gandhi, minister for women and child development, speaking to television news channel India Today. Party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said that the government had to decide whether to keep the minister or not. He called the allegations false, fabricated, wild and baseless, and "spiced up by innuendo".

Some activists argue that the defamation cases could provide an opportunity for women to prove their allegations in court. If it is an intimidation ploy, it hasn't worked, for women journalists across the country have moved in support of Ramani.

Related Articles

  • Pro-Trump Mob Assaults Protesters in NYC:

    Pro-Trump Mob Assaults Protesters in NYC: "Are You Brave Now, F*ggot?!"

    When we asked him if McInnes should have been given the opportunity to speak at the club, Molinaro said no. Police are investigating vandalism outside the Metropolitan Republican Club that appeared Thursday night.
    Donald Trump urged to declare China a currency manipulator

    Donald Trump urged to declare China a currency manipulator

    His move comes at a time when the USA economy has been growing robustly while Chinese growth has slowed, adding to the pressure on Beijing.
    Bolt hits out on Instagram over drug test order

    Bolt hits out on Instagram over drug test order

    The notice requested blood and urine samples and appears to have been issued by Football Federation Australia. On Friday (October 12) Bolt scored twice in a pre-season friendly against Macarthur South West.
  • Schumacher wins F3 title

    Schumacher wins F3 title

    It is expected that after two seasons Mick Schumacher , too, could make his debut in Formula 1 . His performance in the second half of the season was therefore all the more impressive.
    That Diablo III Nintendo Switch Is Coming To Australia

    That Diablo III Nintendo Switch Is Coming To Australia

    That said, we won't be surprised to see parallel imports come in to the country as we did with other Nintendo Switch bundles. The Joy-Cons feature the Smash Bros logo on them, and the bundle includes a full digital download of the game.
    'Intense effort' didn't seal UK-EU Brexit deal

    'Intense effort' didn't seal UK-EU Brexit deal

    The Prime Minister faces a potential Tory mutiny and any deal could also have major repercussions for her pact with the Democratic Unionist Party.
  • Michael Avenatti pledges to appeal after Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit

    Michael Avenatti pledges to appeal after Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit

    Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti , however, appears undeterred by the ruling and said that he would appeal the dismissal. Trump attorney Charles Harder countered in a statement that "No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr.
    IMF chief defends Powell after Trump slams 'crazy' Fed

    IMF chief defends Powell after Trump slams 'crazy' Fed

    When a bond is paying more in interest, investors aren't as willing to pay high prices for stocks, which are riskier investments. Trump told reporters after landing in Erie, Pa., for a political rally. "We know the Fed is independent", Kudlow said.
    In a wild game, Bears lose to the Dolphins in overtime

    In a wild game, Bears lose to the Dolphins in overtime

    Mitchell Trubisky threw for 316 yards and three second-half touchdowns, but the Bears were hurt by two turnovers in the red zone. After a disastrous 3rd quarter for the Dolphins, they'd rallied well in the 4th; outscoring the Bears 15-7 to level things up.
  • Trump suggests Mattis may be next to resign

    Trump suggests Mattis may be next to resign

    Trump stated, "The thing I've really learned is I never knew how dishonest the media was and I really mean it". What fell away in editing, or what was barely allowed to happen in the time allotted, were many follow-ups.
    Google Pulls Out Saudi Business Conference Amid Missing Journalist Scandal

    Google Pulls Out Saudi Business Conference Amid Missing Journalist Scandal

    Turkish officials have asserted that Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the government, was likely murdered inside the building. On October 2, Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve a document related to his upcoming wedding.
    Meghan And Prince Harry Are Expecting Their First Child

    Meghan And Prince Harry Are Expecting Their First Child

    They'll then hop on a boat to cross the harbour to the Opera House to watch a rehearsal by the Bangarra Dance Theatre. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby will probably have a different last name from the rest of the royal family .