Four retired judges to hear #MeToo cases

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi today said the Union government will soon propose a panel of four retired judges to conduct public hearings on the #MeToo movement’s allegations of sexual harassment.

She said taht the committee with senior judicial persons will look into all issues emanating from #MeToo movement. “I believe in all of them. I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complainant,” she added. The #MeToo movement has gathered pace over the past two weeks with many women coming forward with their accounts of sexual harassment at workplace and support pouring in from various quarters.

Earlier, Maneka Gandhi had said the allegations of sexual harassment against anybody, including ministers, should be taken seriously as women are often scared to speak out. She was the lone union minister, who had resopnded towards allegations of sexual harassment against union minister of state M J Akbar and sought to probe into it.

She came out in support of the #MeToo campaign and said she was happy to take up complaints. She has also written to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to ask for a change in the law to do away with the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases so that adults who have been subjected to sexual abuse can report their cases as adults.

“There should be an investigation. Men who are in positions of power often do this. And it applies to the media as well as to politics or senior personnel in companies,” Gandhi told news channel India Today TV when asked to comment on allegations against a “big” politician.

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