The Delhi High Court said on Thursday that former Union Minister M.J. Akbar’s petition will be heard on 5 May. Akbar has challenged the lower court’s decision to acquit journalist Priya Ramani in the criminal defamation case in this petition.

Akbar filed a criminal defamation case against Ramani after accusing him of sexual exploitation. The petition was scheduled to be heard today, but the hearing was deferred due to non-availability of Justice Mukta Gupta. Akbar has challenged the February 17 order of the lower court in which Ramani was acquitted in the case on the grounds that a woman has the right to place complaints on any platform of her choice even after decades.

The lower court dismissed Akbar’s complaint, stating that no allegations against Ramani were proved. The court had said that it is shameful to commit crimes against women in the country where epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata were written about the honor of women.

There can also be a sexual harasser who has a high status in the society

The court had said that a person with high status in society can also be a sexual harasser. At the same time, the woman has the right to complain even after decades on any platform of her choice. The court said that ‘glass ceiling’ (the difficulties faced by women in the male-dominated system when they move forward) cannot impede Indian women to progress in the society of equal opportunities.

At the same time, Priya Ramani expressed happiness over the decision in her favor and said that it feels good if the truth prevails in the court. He had said that only the victim has to stand as an accused in the court.

Ramani made allegations of sexual exploitation against Akbar in 2018 under the ‘Meetu movement’. Akbar resigned as Union Minister on 17 October 2018 due to allegations of sexual exploitation.

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