An Indian female journalist, Priya Ramani who was sued for defamation after accusing a former minister of sexual harassment, in one of the country’s earliest and most prominent #MeToo cases, has been granted bail.
Ramani got bail after Indian court ruled in her favour in the defamation case on February 25, 2019, in New Delhi, India.
On how the case started, allegations were first made by Priya in a 2017, in Vogue India article, in which she described experiencing workplace harassment during a job interview with an unnamed editor in a Mumbai hotel room.
A year later, she identified the unnamed editor as MJ Akbar, a former journalist who was then junior minister for foreign affairs. It prompted more than a dozen women to come forward with allegations against Akbar of groping, assault and harassment, CNN reports.
A week after she publicly identified him, he denied the allegations, resigned from his role, and sued Ramani for defamation.
On Wednesday — more than two years after the lawsuit was first filed — the court ruled in Ramani’s favor, acquitting her of all charges.
After the development, Ramani made comments in a statement sent to CNN by her lawyer. She said, “I can’t stop smiling today,”
“This case was not about me, it was about what women face at the workplace. My victory belongs to everyone who spoke up during the #metoo movement.
“It feels amazing to have your truth validated in a court of law.”
Her lawyer, Rebecca John, called the ruling an “amazing judgment.”
“We feel very grateful that the court has gone through the evidence meticulously,” she said. “I think it’s altogether a very important moment for all of us, it’s a great moment.”