Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi demands a committee to examine 'metoo' cases

The Ministry will be setting up a committee comprising of senior judicial and legal people who will examine all issues emanating from the ‘#MeTooIndia’ movement


India's #Metoo movement is creating a wave on social media as many women from different paths of life are coming ahead to report sexual molestation and harassment cases which either they have been a part of or have come across.

Considering the rise in #metoo cases, the minister of women and child development Maneka Gandhi on Friday said that the ministry will set up a committee that will examine all issues emanating from the ‘#Metoo’ movement. Gandhi said that she believes in the pain and trauma behind every single complaint. Cases of sexual harassment at work must be dealt with a policy of zero tolerance.

Her ministry will be setting up a committee comprising of senior officers from the 

judicial system who will examine all issues emanating from the ‘#MeTooIndia’ movement.

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In an official statement Gandhi said that in order to ensure harassment-free workplaces covering all (all ages, full-time, part-time, public and private sector, organised or unorganised sectors etc., including domestic workers, students, apprentices, and even the women visiting an office), the government has put in place an effective legal and institutional framework in place through the ‘The sexual harassment at women at workplace (prevention, prohibition and Redressal) Act’2013.

Gandhi said that she wants workplaces to be made more conducive to women employees, Internal Complaints Committee as required by the statute to be set up, more functional trustworthy systems to be put in place and compliance reported in public domain. Investigations into complaints should be carried out swiftly in a free and fair manner. 

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She urged working women across all sectors to come out fearlessly and report cases of any form of sexual harassment and the committee shall ensure all possible assistance.

#metoo movement started with actor Tanushree Dutta who a few days ago accused actor Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn Ok Please movie that was filmed in 2008. This was followed by allegations made against author Chetan Bhagat, All India Bakchod founders Tanmay Bhat and Gurusimran Khamba, Queen director Vikas Bahl, actor Rajat Kapoor. 

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The list didn't stop here, senior actor Aloknath who is also known as sanskari babuji, was also accused of raping writer-producer Vinta Nanda. He was also accused of molesting Sandhya Mridul. Singer Kailash Kher was also accused of molestation by singer Sona Mohapatra. Recently, four sexual harassment allegations were made against Housefull director Sajid Khan.

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