New Delhi: Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Department, on Friday announced that a four-member panel of retired judges will conduct public hearings of all sexual harassment cases that came to fore after the #MeToo campaign started last week.
A number of journalists, actresses and film personalities have accused some big names from the entertainment industry, media and politics of sexual misconduct. The names which hit the media headlines include Union Minister MJ Akbar, filmmaker Subhash Ghai, Sohel Seth, actors Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, AIB’s Utsav, Tanmay Bhatt, Gursimran Khamba, Rajat Kapoor, singer Kailash Kher, filmmakers Vikas Bahl and Vivek Agnihotri.
Maneka Ghandi was the first from the ruling BJP to come out in support of the #MeToo campaign demanding a probe into the cases of sexual harassment.
Failing to find any support from the government and her party, Gandhi on Friday herself announced the formation of a panel of retired judges to conduct public hearings of all cases, saying she believed all of those came out and shared their horrifying stories.
“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 news agency PTI.
"The panel will look into the legal and institutional framework which is in place for handling complaints of sexual harassment and advise the ministry on how to strengthen these frameworks", she said.
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