Priya Ramani, Smriti Irani acquitted in court in MJ Akbar defamation case

New Delhi: A Delhi court has acquitted journalist Priya Ramani in a criminal defamation case. MJ Akbar had filed a lawsuit against Ramani on sexual harassment charges. The court acquitted Ramani of all charges, refusing to hold him guilty in the criminal defamation case. After which Union Minister Smriti Irani responded that women were given proper protection by law.


Smriti Irani was holding a press conference at the time when the court acquitted Priya Ramani. When asked about the response, Irani said, “I have also said earlier that women have been given proper protection and the defenders of the law can take action based on their statements.”

It is worth noting that while delivering the judgment in the defamation case, the court said that it takes time for our society to understand that sometimes the victim is unable to speak for years due to mental trauma. Women cannot be punished for raising their voice against sexual exploitation. Women often do not complain under social pressure. Society should understand the impact of sexual abuse and harassment on its victims. A person of social status can also be sexually harassed. During this, the court also mentioned Ramayana and Mahabharata. The court said that when Laxman was asked to describe Sita, he said that he had no attention anywhere other than mother Sita’s feet.

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