• Saturday, August 13, 2022

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Indian minister sues woman alleging sexual harassment for defamation

India’s junior minister for foreign affairs, M J Akbar, resigned this month to fight accusations of sexual harassment from more than a dozen women.

By: Keerthi Mohan

Indian government minister M J Akbar filed a defamation suit on Monday (15) against one of at least 10 women who have accused him of sexual harassment, calling her allegations false and malicious. The lawsuit, a copy of which was reviewed by Reuters, names journalist Priya Ramani as the sole accused and says that she “intentionally put forward malicious, fabricated and salacious” allegations to harm his reputation. In a tweet late on Monday, Ramani said she is ready to fight the defamation allegation “as truth and the absolute truth is my only defence”. The lawsuit comes amid widespread calls on social media for Akbar’s resignation from his post as…

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