21 Feb 2021

Indian journalist cleared of defamation in landmark case for country’s #MeToo movement


An Indian journalist has been cleared of defamation after she accused a former government minister and newspaper editor of sexual harassment – in a landmark ruling for the country’s MeToo movement.

Priya Ramani had faced two years in jail over her article accusing M. J. Akbar of harassing her during a job interview. After she went public, more than 20 other women came forward with allegations against him.

We began by asking why she’d decided to publicly name him.