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#MeToo: Govt. Sets Up Group of Ministers To Deal With Sexual Harassment Cases

By Lawstreet News Network      Oct 24, 2018      0 Comments      920 Views

Taking note of the #MeToo India movement, the government on October 24, 2018, constituted a Group of Ministers headed by home minister Rajnath Singh to strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks to deal with and prevent sexual harassment at workplace.

"The government is committed to ensure the safety and dignity of women in the workforce. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act is the key legislation for preventing and protecting women against sexual harassment in workplace," the home ministry said.

The work of the GoM will be to recommend actions that are required for effective implementation of the existing provisions, as well as for strengthening the existing legal and institutional frameworks for addressing issues related to sexual harassment at workplace.

Apart from the home minister, the GoM will comprise road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi.

Earlier, the WCD ministry had announced that a panel comprising former judges and a lawyer would be set up to examine the implications of the #MeToo campaign and would also receive complaints from women who have aired their grievances on social media.

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