Maneka Gandhi: 4 Retired Judges To Hold Public Hearings On #MeToo Cases

Maneka Gandhi: 4 Retired Judges To Hold Public Hearings On #MeToo Cases

Maneka Gandhi: 4 Retired Judges To Hold Public Hearings On #MeToo Cases 

New Delhi: On Friday, the Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said that a four-member committee of retired judges will be formed by the government to conduct public hearings of cases of sexual assault and harassment widely publicised as part of the #MeToo movement that has swept India.

"The Ministry will be setting up a committee of senior judicial & legal persons as members to examine all issues emanating from the #MeTooIndia movement," Ms Gandhi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The Union Minister, earlier this week had said that sex harassment complaints should be allowed even 10-15 years later and said she was happy that the #MeToo campaign has encouraged women to speak about crimes committed against them.

 

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"You will always remember the person who did it, which is why we have written to the Law Ministry that complaints should be without any time limit," she said on Monday.

"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".

In India, the #MeToo campaign was sparked by the allegations Tanushree Dutta, who accused veteran Nana Patekar of harassing her on the sets of a film 10 years ago.

The ongoing #MeToo campaign has finally reached India and a thread on Twitter became a forum for #MeToo stories from various fields, sparing no one - film personalities, writers, journalists and entertainers.

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