India is setting up a judicial bench to hold public hearings on #MeToo cases
- As more and more cases of sexual harassments in India have come to light through the
#MeToomovement, the Indian government is setting up a 4-judge benchto address them. Maneka Gandhihas also asked for extending the statute of limitations for reporting harassment to be increased to 10-15 years rather than just 3 months.
- The ministry has also set up alternative methods of registering a complaint, in case victims don’t want to reach out to their respective Internal Complaints Committees.
The Ministry will be setting up a committee of senior judicial & legal persons as members to examine all issues ema… https://t.co/dpNdkfzp3a— Ministry of WCD (@MinistryWCD) 1539338947000
A bench of four retired judges will be put in place by the ministry to hear out the cases that have surfaced during the #MeToo movement. The ministry’s also set up a dedicated portal for women to make their complaints, in case they don’t want to go to the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), called ‘She-Box’.
According to the notice by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, complainants can also reach out via email or tweet directly using the hashtag #HelpMeWCD.
Official statement of Union Minister Smt. @ManekaGandhiBJP on #MeTooIndia movement. #SexualHarassmentAtWork… https://t.co/3EHmTjUyou— Ministry of WCD (@MinistryWCD) 1539340344000
Gandhi’s also written to the law ministry to increase the time for reporting sexual assault to 10-15 years later. Currently, India’s laws against
“I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complaint. Cases of #SexualHarassmentAtWork must be dealt wit… https://t.co/tzLPjfCtkj— Ministry of WCD (@MinistryWCD) 1539338947000
The movement in India was started by a female stand up comedian, who accused Utsav Chakraborty of sending across unsolicited photos of his genitals. A frequent collaborator with All India Bakchod (AIB), India’s prominent comic collective, Chakraborty was fired. Even Tanmay Bhat, the CEO of AIB, stepped down in lieu of inaction despite knowing about the events that had transgressed.
A number of women have spoken up there after calling out many eminent Bollywood personalities, including Sajid Khan, Subhash Ghai, Nana Patekar and Alok Nath, the supposed Babuji (elder) in the industry. Allegations have also been levelled against the junior minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the political editor at Hindustan Times and a senior Tata Motors executive.
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