Outstanding Bollywood celebrities, together with actors Taapsee Pannu, Richa Chadha, and filmmaker Onir on Wednesday hailed journalist Priya Ramani’s acquittal in MJ Akbar’s legal defamation case over allegations of sexual harassment. Extra Chief Metropolitan Justice of the Peace Ravindra Kumar Pandey dismissed the grievance filed by Akbar, saying that no fees have been proved in opposition to Ramani. The celebrities termed the judgement as a landmark second for girls and their battle in opposition to office sexual harassment.
Taking to Twitter, Pannu stated that the decision had instilled her religion in justice at a time when the world appeared bleak.
“Amidst all of the wrongs and unfair occurring round, this did deliver a ray of hope that someplace one thing is retaining our hope in righteousness alive. Lengthy stay fact and justice,” the “Thappad” star wrote.
Chadha wrote, “Hope Mr Burns spends the remainder of his disgraced days in a radioactive den.”
Ramani had made an allegation of sexual misconduct in opposition to Akbar within the wake of #MeToo motion in 2018. In response, Akbar had filed the grievance in opposition to Ramani for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct many years in the past.
Onir referred to as the Delhi courtroom’s verdict a “milestone judgement”.
“That is spectacular. A milestone judgement in relation to sexual harassment. Essential that the courtroom factors out that it’s not time-bound. Superb #PriyaRamani #Rebeccajon” he tweeted.
Screenwriter-editor Apurva Asrani stated Ramani’s acquittal is a “aid” for these ladies who discovered the braveness to name out their abusers however stated it is solely half the battle gained.
“MJ Akbar have to be held accountable for the harassment that she has endured. #MeToo,” he wrote.
Actor Mini Mathur stated: “Priya Ramani is acquitted. The truth that she wanted to defend her accusations of harassment in opposition to a robust man however, it is a enormous step ahead for girls talking up in opposition to sexual harassment. Huge shoutout to her lawyer Rebecca John as properly #justice.”
Singers Chinmayi Sripaada and Sona Mohapatra, who had come out with their very own tales of sexual harassment within the wake of #MeToo motion, additionally hailed the judgement.
“It’s our proper to determine and expose our molesters. File a case when we have now the power and help to take action. #PriyaRamani” Sripaada tweeted.
Mohapatra stated, “Mr MJ Akbar’s status is one which stinks. So defending it could imply harming an entire society & its dignity. This case is one for #India’s safety. Not simply her ladies but additionally all the great individuals of this nation. #ThankYou #PriyaRamani for standing robust. @IndiaMeToo”
Akbar, who had resigned as Union minister in October 2018, has denied all of the allegations of sexual harassment by ladies who got here ahead throughout #MeToo marketing campaign in opposition to him.
Reacting to the judgment, Ramani stated that it feels nice to have your fact validated earlier than courtroom.
“It feels wonderful, actually does. I really feel vindicated on behalf of all the ladies who’ve ever spoken out in opposition to sexual harassment at work place.
“It was me the sufferer who needed to arise within the courtroom as an accused. I thank everybody who stood by me particularly my witnesses Ghazala Wahab and Niloufer Venkatraman who got here to the courtroom and testified on my behalf,” Ramani stated as she thanked lawyer Rebecca John and her group for placing their coronary heart and soul within the case.