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Indian Minister Sues One of His Accusers After #MeToo Allegations

  • Junior minister M.J. Akbar files defamation case, PTI says
  • Akbar accused by around dozen women of inappropriate conduct
M.J. Akbar

M.J. Akbar

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India’s junior foreign minister M.J. Akbar has sued one of more than a dozen women who have accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, according to the Press Trust of India, as the #MeToo movement reverberates through the South Asian nation.

Akbar, who has denied sexual harassment allegations, filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani, according to PTI. The minister said Ramani, who wrote about Akbar in Vogue India, “willfully, deliberately, intentionally and maliciously” defamed him.