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    View: The lie of ‘lying’ women, and why there is a long way to go

    This case embodied at its core a fundamental, patriarchal anxiety that pervades ‘phallocentric’ criminal jurisprudence involving sexual violence against women.

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    While celebrating this verdict, one must be mindful that this was an acquittal in the case of criminal defamation where a victim of sexual harassment had to mount a defence that she was telling the truth to avoid punishment.

    The verdict in the ‘Mobashar Jawed Akbar Vs Priya Ramani’ case acquitting Ramani has been widely lauded. This case was filed in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement and about 20 women had spoken out naming Akbar in a range of sexual harassment charges that have been documented extensively. In this case, Ramani was accused by Akbar of criminal defamation under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which if she had been found guilty of,
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