India Minister Denies ‘Wild’ Sexual Harassment Allegations


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On Monday, Ramani issued a statement against the defamation case filed by Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar against her, saying, that he has made his stand clear with his actions and intends to silence the victims with intimidation and harassment.

An Indian minister has slammed allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at him by at least 10 women as "lies" and has filed a lawsuit against the first one who accused him of harassment.

Akbar filed the criminal defamation suit in Delhi's Patiala Court via his through his advocates Karanjawala & Co.

Centre for Social Research director Ranjana Kumari said that as an individual the Union minister has every right to move court, but the case is not between him and a journalist, but "14 other media persons", who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

The documents also mentioned a tweet by Ramani on October 8, 2018, in which she named him.

"His complaint accuses Ramani of "...willfully, deliberately, intentionally and maliciously defaming the complainant, on wholly and completely false, frivolous, unjustifiable and scandalous grounds... thereby harming the goodwill and reputation of the complainant, within the political fraternity, media, friends, family, colleagues and in society at large". You be the judge.

On Sunday, soon after returning to India after a Nigeria trip, Akbar had termed the sexual abuse allegations as "false, fabricated and deeply distressing".

Akbar, in his complaint, said he "seeks due" and appropriate punitive action.

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As many as 12 journalists have accused Akbar of sexual harassment while he was one of the most powerful journalists in India himself. "I am, however, very comfortable with my story".

"Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election?" he asked.

The minister has been accused by several women of sexually harassing them.


The allegations include Akbar forcibly kissing young interns, interviewing women in his hotel rooms and offering to set young female employees up with a job and an apartment where he could visit them.

Talking to the HuffPost India, the survivor, Majlie de Puy Kamp, claimed that she was 18 whereas Akbar was 55-year old at the time of incident.

In another instance, while speaking on a TV news-channel about sexual harassment, Ms Madhu Trehan (the sister of the India Today news-magazine founder-publisher Aroon Purie) cited an office-party in Goa where the receptionists had been harassed.

The complaint further says that Ramani herself, while putting forward the "defamatory statements, relating to incidents which allegedly occurred 20 years ago, simultaneously admits that the complainant has not done anything to her". Lots of women have worse stories about this predator-maybe they " ll share.

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