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What changed and what didn’t after MeToo

When Delhi Court judge R K Pandey observed that the woman has the right to air her grievance on any platform she chooses, even after decades, it was a rare recognition of the pressure and intimidation that a victim of sexual harassment at the workplace faces. It answered the question asked of Priya Ramani, Vinta Nanda, Chinmayi Sripaada and every woman who spoke up against her harasser during the MeToo movement: “Why now? Why after so many years?”

Ramani, who was sued by Rajya Sabha MP M J Akbar for criminal defamation after she called him out for making sexual advances towards her in 1993, won the case. It was a sliver of hope for the MeToo movement, which had reached a low point with many survivors suffering severe personal and professional losses.

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