Centre to form committee to probe #MeToo complaints

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The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on October 12 announced that a committee comprising four retired judges will be formed to probe the complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault against many prominent citizens of India at work, after the #MeToo campaign began on October 5.

Maneka Gandhi, Minister of Women and Child Development reportedly said, “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.”

Maneka Gandhi reportedly said, “I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complaint. The cases of sexual harassment at work must be dealt with a policy of zero tolerance.”

Minister added, “We have set up a group of judges who will examine some of the cases in an independent and a free-style manner, and advise us and them on where we should go from here.”

Journalist KR Sreenivas, lyricist Vairamuthu, producer-filmmaker Vikas Bahl, Former journalist and current minister of state in the Ministry of External Affairs MJ Akbar, directors Sajid Khan and Subhash, actors Alok Nath and Nana Patekar, are some of the names against whom allegations of sexual harassment and/or sexual assault have been leveled.

Under the campaign women have taken to social media to disclose cases of sexual misconduct.