The #MeToo wave hit the Indian journalism landscape in 2018 when scores of women journalists opened up about their experiences of facing sexual harassment at the workplace on social media. In this interview, Nidhi Razdan opens up about the #MeToo wave in the media industry and how it is necessary for women to speak up about sexual harassment at workplace but also for workplaces to have necessary policies in place to deal with such cases.
One of the landmark #MeToo cases has been the Priya Ramani v/s MJ Akbar sexual harassment case wherein Akbar slapped Ramani with a criminal lawsuit claiming that she had put false sexual misconduct allegations against him on social media which has tarnished his image. Nidhi sheds light on this case and Ramani’s victory in it as she says, “Priya Ramani's case is very important because the verdict in her case gives a lot of strength to a lot of women to come forward because Priya fought a very difficult battle against a very powerful man. Everybody thought that it was like a completely David Goliath battle. And she won that battle. So you know that judgment is so important for so many reasons because it gives us the confidence to come out and speak.”
(Interviewed by Poorvi Gupta, video produced by Manasi Phadnis and edited by Tanvi Nang)