Shafi also quoted Ramani’s victory as a milestone victory for the ‘Me Too’ movement. In a tweet, she saluted the courage of Ramani with which she stood up to those in power.
We salute the courage with which you stood up to those in power. 💫🙏🏼
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) February 17, 2021
Ramani was the first in a long list of female journalists who accuse MJ Akbar, an Indian journalist-turned-politician, of sexual harassment. In 2018, she had made allegations of sexual misconduct against Akbar in the wake of the ‘Me too’ movement.
According to the former journalist, in December 1993, Akbar sexually harassed her when she was called to a Mumbai hotel for a job interview. The allegations against Akbar had forced him to resign from the Union Cabinet on 17th October 2018. Before resigning, he had filed a complaint against Ramani on 15th October for allegedly defaming him.