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Four-member panel of retired judges to conduct public hearings of #MeToo cases: Maneka Gandhi


By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: October 12, 2018 4:13:48 pm





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Even as the #MeToo movement continues to intensify across the country, Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi Friday said her ministry will constitute a four-member committee of retired judges to conduct public hearings of sexual harassment cases emanating from the campaign.

She said the proposed committee with senior judicial and legal persons as members will look into all issues emanating from the #MeToo campaign.

“I believe in all of them. I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complainant. I am proposing to set up a committee with senior judicial and legal persons as members to look into all issues emanating from the #MeToo campaign,” Gandhi was quoted as saying by PTI.

The panel 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.

The #MeToo movement has gathered steam over the last fortnight with scores of women speaking out on sexual harassment at the workplace and support pouring in from various quarters.

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