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Union Minister for Women and Child Development says, government will set up committee to inspect #MeToo issues

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The Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi assured for justice and said that government would establish a committee to inspect the issue.

The statement was made on Friday after the #Me Too campaign unleashed the bitter realities of big people. It is a campaign under which women were sharing their experiences of sexual harassment by filmmakers, journalists, corporate bosses and, among others, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar.

Maneka Gandhi said that her ministry would establish a committee consisting of senior judicial and legal persons to inspect and thoroughly check the cases emerging from #MeToo movement.

She said that the committee would go for “legal & institutional framework which is in place for handling complaints” and would even advice the WCD ministry “on how to strengthen these frameworks,”  on her tweeter handle.

She even shared about the problems faced by the women in old days and said that  “for many years” there was a burden on women which restricted her to share the truth even if she was humiliated verbally or by touch but now the time had changed and they have got enough strength to share about the bad experiences.

Ms Maneka Gandhi even informed that the committee for the inspection of cases would include four retired judges and a”strong lawyer as an amicus”. She even shared that it will “conduct independent hearings”.

The minister even said that she realizes the pain and suffering of every individual victim and said that sexual harassment should not be tolerated at the workplaces.

She wants workplaces to be  “more conducive to women employees” and Internal Complaints Committees (ICC) to be set up to make the workplaces safer.

She even said that ‘She-Box” portal would provide access to the women to report grievances.

Showing concern about the women safety and justice, she said that one can even directly tweet her ministry using the #HelpMeWCD hashtag and the ministry would immediately provide assistance and would take the complaint with the authorities concerned.

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