COMMITTEE Comprising Retired Judges Is being Constituted To Try Me Too Cases, Says Maneka Gandhi

UNION Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi says a four -member of retired judges in being formed to hold public hearings of the sexual assault and harassment cases. She told reporters in New Delhi on Friday “Proposing committee with senior judicial, legal persons to look into all issues emanating from #MeToo.”Earlier, Maneka Gandhi had hailed the #MeToo campaign saying it has encouraged women to speak about crimes against them. I believe in all of them. I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complainant. The committee will look into the legal and institutional framework which is in place for handling complaints of sexual harassment, including some of the complaints if required, and advise the ministry on how to strengthen these, she said. She added that sex harassment complaints should be allowed even 10-15 years later.”One always remembers the person who molested you and we have written to the Law Ministry that one should be allowed to complain without any time limit. You can now complain 10-15 years later, doesn’t matter how much later. If you’re going to complain the avenue is still open,” she said, adding that “anger at sexual molestation never goes away”. Meanwhile, the Me Too campaign initiated by Jamshedpur born model turned actor Tanushree Dutta is being supported by Bollywood R S S and Bollywood biggies including Akshay Kumar, Aishwaryaa Rai Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut and Sonakshi Sinha. Mumbai Police has lodged an FIR against noted actor Nana Patekar on the basis of harassment complaint against veteran character actor. Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani and AICC president Rahul Gandhi have also pledged support to the Mee Too Movement.

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