Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

#MeToo: Union min MJ Akbar files defamation case against Priya Ramani

Will the #MeToo movement change India? Union Minister MJ Akbar 'sends resignation' through Email: Sources
Faye Gross | 16 October, 2018, 01:06

"The past two weeks have seen an upheaval, with several women from different professions, including journalists, making serious allegations of sexual harassment at the workplace and instances of sexual misconduct against various editors, writers, film-makers and others". He called the allegations false, fabricated, wild and baseless, and "spiced up by innuendo".

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

Akbar is minister of state for external affairs and allegations against him have become an embarrassment with questions being asked in foreign capitals, a source associated with the BJP's foreign affairs cell said. Akbar's first stint with politics was in 1989 when he won a Lok Sabha seat from Kishanganj, Bihar on a Congress ticket. There is a second, more specific line in his attempted defence - one that suggests that the gravamen of the charges is vague and unsubstantiated. Ramani, along with over 10 other women, had accused Akbar of sexual harassment.

"Mr Akbar's conspiracy theory that the #MeToo charges have settled upon him because elections are now looming is weak and totally unconvincing". Admitting that she was a fan of Akbar's journalism, Ramani wrote, "It was more date, less interview".

"The complainant has received a number of calls from his friends and colleagues, both from the media as well as the political sphere, inquiring about the allegations put forth in the false and defamatory statements of the Accused, thereby causing irreparable loss to his reputation", the plea said. Come sit here, you said at one point, gesturing to a tiny space near you.

The advocate said that woman journalist had mentioned incidents which allegedly occurred 20 years ago and she had simultaneously admitted that Akbar had not done anything to her.

Hillary Defends Bill's Affair With an Intern
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, some perceive the Clinton/Lewinsky affair as an abuse of power by a former president.


The 67-year-old Akbar threatened legal action against his accusers Sunday on his return from a trip to Nigeria, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government remained silent.

Harinder Baweja, another woman who named Akbar as her abuser, tweeted his argument is "insane".

Following Wahab's account, women took to Twitter and exposed accounts of his misbehaviour and sexual misconduct across newsrooms and hotels.

As the #MeToo campaign gained momentum, some women journalists accused Akbar of sexually harassing them when he was the editor in newspapers.

New York-based journalist Majlie de Puy Kamp told the news website Huffington Post India that Akbar had "violated my boundaries" in 2007, when she was a teenage intern at the Asian Age in New Delhi.

Ms Wahab had claimed in her piece on social media that she was just a small-town girl, that this was her first job, that she did not know how to react to his unsolicited advances, and that she was anxious that her conservative parents would have stopped her from working if they had got to know about this.

Recommended

  • Sears Filing for Bankruptcy Protection Monday Morning

    Sears Filing for Bankruptcy Protection Monday Morning

    Sears said that it has $6.9 billion in assets and $11.3 billion in liabilities according to a document they filed in the U.S. Lampert also became Land's End Inc's biggest shareholder when the clothing manufacturer was spun out of Sears in 2014.
    Samsung Galaxy A9 introduced

    Samsung Galaxy A9 introduced

    He said that a gimmicky product disappears from the market within 6-8 months, which is something Samsung is trying to avoid. According to reports, the company has also said that the product will launch only if it is really meaningful to customers.
    How Meghan Markle Is Responding to Half-Sister Samantha's Uninvited Visit

    How Meghan Markle Is Responding to Half-Sister Samantha's Uninvited Visit

    But her attempts to meet the Duchess of Sussex face-to-face were stalled when a security guard refusing to let her pass. Deciding that she had nothing to wait, it is Saturday headed straight to Kensington Palace.
  • No deal yet after flurry of Brexit diplomacy

    No deal yet after flurry of Brexit diplomacy

    For a thin majority in parliament, the minority Conservative government relies on the DUP, Northern Ireland's biggest party. Dominic Raab's short notice trip to Brussels has failed to move the Brexit negotiations closer to a deal.
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 -- My best multiplayer match so far

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 -- My best multiplayer match so far

    With pressure mounting, Activision made a decision to dive back into the Black Ops series with a fourth installment. Cod Blops 4 is available via Battle.net for £50, or £80 including the season pass.
    When is Meghan Markle's baby due

    When is Meghan Markle's baby due

    Meghan and Harry are now in Australia on an official 16-day tour and will be travelling to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Meghan Markle had sparked speculation that she was pregnant after some social media users assumed the same.
  • The Fan's Jaguars Vs Cowboys Predictions

    The Fan's Jaguars Vs Cowboys Predictions

    However, Blake Bortles is following a similar pattern good game, bad game, good game, bad game, and is due for a good game. Running room will be hard to find Sunday as the Cowboys have the 11th-ranked run defense allowing 95.8 yards per game.
    German police suspect hostage has been taken in Cologne

    German police suspect hostage has been taken in Cologne

    Police officer Christoph Schulte told The Associated Press that the incident appeared to have started Monday at 12:45 p.m. Shockingly, the paper also reports unconfirmed claims that the attacker attempted to set his hostage, a woman, on fire.
    Elizabeth Warren releases DNA test with ‘strong evidence’ of Native American ancestry

    Elizabeth Warren releases DNA test with ‘strong evidence’ of Native American ancestry

    Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took a DNA test to prove she had Native American ancestry, Trump denied he ever made the commitment. According to the paper, the disclosure is another strong sign that she is seriously considering running for president.
  • Red Dead Redemption 3 could happen

    Red Dead Redemption 3 could happen "if this one does well enough"

    Currently, however, the focus is on Red Dead Online , which Houser wants to be "as robust as Grand Theft Auto Online". What's missing from Red Dead Redemption 2 are any big-name stars.
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expect updated news ZIK.UA

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expect updated news ZIK.UA

    A 29-year-old Canadian tourist Braden Fraser from Toronto said that "it's wonderful". The child is due in the spring of 2019 and will be the seventh in line to the throne.
    Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson: It's Over!

    Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson: It's Over!

    Later that month, Davidson joked that no one could believe he and Grande were engaged , and that he and Grande may break up. The first was her slot as the Saturday Night Live performer for the show's season premiere just two weeks ago.

US diplomat reportedly met with Taliban US  diplomat reportedly met with Taliban A Taliban source said the USA delegation proposed forming different committees to handle the release of prisoners. Members of Taliban delegation said that leaders from both sides have agreed to discuss all issues.

Why Saudi Arabia is valuable to Trump Why Saudi Arabia is valuable to Trump He believes it is part of an escalating crackdown orchestrated by Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman , to silence his critics. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Gulf states in a military campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

In The End, The Chiefs Left Too Much Time For Tom Brady In The End, The Chiefs Left Too Much Time For Tom Brady Young quarterbacks have always had a tough time winning in Gillette Stadium during the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era. Brady eventually hit the Chiefs with the double-whammy of getting enough time to work with, and leaving them with none.

Romelu Lukaku Reveals Where He Would Go Should He Leave Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Reveals Where He Would Go Should He Leave Manchester United That contrasts to the hard start to the season the former Everton ace has endured with Man United . United now lies at the 8th spot in the league table after garnering just 13 points from 8 matches.

Saudi crown prince ordered op against missing journalist Saudi crown prince ordered op against missing journalist The Post reported that USA intelligence had previously intercepted Saudi communications discussing a plot to capture Khashoggi. Turkish officials believe the prominent critic of the Saudi government was assassinated inside the building.

Cent offers Nurmagomedov $2 million to leave UFC Cent offers Nurmagomedov $2 million to leave UFC Subscribe to my podcast In This Corner with Brian Campbell where I break down everything you need to know in the Octagon . Khabib says he suffered a number of severe seizures the night before the fight, due to the weight he had to lose.

Sears craters after filing for bankruptcy (SHLD) Sears craters after filing for bankruptcy (SHLD) But while retailers typically file for bankruptcy with the intention of staying in business, many end up going bust after filing. A representative for Sears, which is based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

China meddled in 2016 United States presidential elections, says Donald Trump Asked last month about reports he may be leaving, Mr Mattis said, "I wouldn't take it seriously at all.". This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text .

Elon Musk’s Settlement Still on Track Despite Tweet Mocking the SEC Elon Musk’s Settlement Still on Track Despite Tweet Mocking the SEC He resigned from the board of Sky this week, following Comcast's successful bid for the European satellite broadcaster. Musk, 47, has rarely seemed hesitant to make provocative statements to his more than 22 million followers on Twitter .

Coric ousts Wawrinka in Shanghai opener, Klahn stuns Kyrgios Coric ousts Wawrinka in Shanghai opener, Klahn stuns Kyrgios The day featured most of the opening round singles matches, providing some fine exhibition of tennis throughout the day's play. Now ranked 38, it will take a major turnaround for Kyrgios to pick up a seeding for next year's Australian Open.

Hazard: I want to work with Mourinho again Hazard: I want to work with Mourinho again The Belgium global has started this season in blistering form, which comes on the back of an exceptional World Cup for the talented attacker.

PS4 Messaging Bug is Bricking Consoles PS4 Messaging Bug is Bricking Consoles A system bricking would apply that a factory reset wouldn't fix it, and that it would need to be sent to Sony. Concerned users can go to Settings Account Management Privacy Settings to change Message settings to private.

Bullpen delivers, Betts seals it for Sox in Game 2 Bullpen delivers, Betts seals it for Sox in Game 2 He left Game 2 having limited enough damage for the Red Sox to win 7-5 and salvage a split of the first two games. Mookie Betts hit a hard grounder, and third baseman Alex Bregman threw home for the force and the second out.

Djokovic closes in on Nadal after Shanghai success Djokovic closes in on Nadal after Shanghai success Coric earned passage to the final by taking down the top-seeded Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals on Saturday. Coric - who beat Roger Federer in the semi-finals - was taking part in his maiden Masters 1000 series final.

JP Morgan & Ford cancel plans for Saudi investor event JP Morgan & Ford cancel plans for Saudi investor event Saudi Arabia does not hesitate to form a joint investigation committee with the Turkish side to uncover the truth, he added. The event is being hosted by the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman to promote his reform agenda.