Indian government to form committee to probe sexual harassment cases

Illustration Jayachandran  Mint

"I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complaint".

She said that she believes in all the women who have come out with complaints of sexual harassment. The committee will look into the "legal & institutional framework which is in place for handling complaints" of sexual harassment at work, including some of the complaints if required, and "advise" the WCD ministry "on how to strengthen these frameworks", the Ministry tweeted from its official handle.

Speaking about the same, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah said that he fails to understand such men "who try to touch women without their consent".

"The National Commission for Women (NCW) has noticed that in many such cases, victims do not want to go beyond naming and shaming the alleged offenders and lodge formal complaints".

She urged women from all sectors to "come out fearlessly and report cases of any form of sexual harassment" and said, "we shall ensure all possible assistance". India's junior foreign minister, M.J. Akbar, is among those named by several women journalists for alleged misconduct during his previous tenure as a leading journalist and editor.

Severe punishment! United States warns Saudi Arabia over mysterious death of journalist
Earlier this month, Trump suggested Saudi Arabia's king "might not be there for two weeks" without USA military support. But he says he has not discussed Khashoggi with Saudi King Salman as he said Friday he would do.

At this point, the #MeToo movement strives - social media is bursting at the seams with women documenting their stories on workplace sexual harassment, but this has to be followed by due process in order to build accountability of the state in protecting the rights of women, and this can not be done with a legislation that is not accountable to women's claims of justice, and just serves as a compliance mechanism.

Patekar has denied the allegations, but Mumbai police have opened an investigation into the matter after Dutta filed a fresh complaint. However, that doesn't take away the merit of the #MeToo movement, which has given courage to women to speak about their ordeal despite that it might cost them their career, or harm reputation, and even attract social stigma especially in a conservative country like ours. However, not a lot has changed in the way that the legislation against sexual harassment is used - there were no further guidelines, the law was not amended, and there was no judicial direction on further steps towards changing the landscape of reporting sexual harassment at the workplace.

The #MeToo movement, which began in the United States more than a year ago in response to accusations of sexual harassment and abuse by powerful men in the entertainment industry, gained traction in India in late September after the actress Tanushree Dutta said prominent actor Nana Patekar behaved inappropriately on the sets of a film they were shooting in 2008.

"We have only to look back at ... the hearings with Judge Kavanaugh to recognize that the world is not in a great place for women", Lisa Borders, incoming president and chief executive of Time's Up, told reporters this week.

Fallout spreadsMJ Akbar, a former journalist who is now the minister of state for external affairs in Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, is one figure under increasing scrutiny. She said her ministry has created a women-friendly environment in which they can complain to her directly. According to her, protecting women has been the watchword of the present government.

Related News:



Most liked

World Longest Flight From Singapore to New York Finally Landed
Singapore Airlines launched the record-breaking route in 2004, but canceled it nine years later because of rising fuel prices. The brand-new Airbus A350-900ULR will depart from Changi Airport and land in Newark's global airport in New Jersey.

Thornberry: UK playing catch up with Trump over missing Saudi journalist
On the eve of his planned marriage to a Turkish woman, he entered the consulate Tuesday and has not been seen since. This time, however, it acknowledged for the first time that Saudi Arabia was accused of killing Khashoggi.

Ramsey has no plans to force early Arsenal exit
In recent years, the club have allowed a number of top performers to run down their contracts in order to negotiate a better deal. Asked if he would give Ramsey a new deal in the circumstances, Wenger replied: 'We tried that before and it still can happen'.

Borna Coric beats Roger Federer - Match Point and Highlights
The 20-time Grand Slam victor and reigning champion Federer plays 13th seed Borna Coric of Croatia in Saturday's other semi-final. A win on Sunday would deliver a fourth title of the season to Djokovic , beside Wimbledon and the U.S.

Power cuts and school closures feared as Storm Callum arrives
ESB's Senior Press Officer Paul Hand said thousands of homes and businesses are without power due to damage to power lines. That in itself is likely to bring disruption to roads and there is likely to be some bridge closures and power outages.

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Donal Wuerl
Shapiro said in a written statement that it was "unacceptable that Wuerl is retiring with no apparent consequences ". He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1966 and went on to receive a doctorate in 1974.

James Murdoch could take chairman role at Tesla
However, Gracias may not be sufficiently independent as he is invested in other companies linked with Musk, including SpaceX . Tesla has to pay a separate $20 million fine, which the SEC said will be returned to investors.

After Rocket Failure, Astronauts To Go Back Into Space: Russian Official
United States astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued without injuries in Kazakhstan . Cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov separated the capsule and landed safely near the launchpad.

8-year-old IN girl receiving treatment for rare ‘polio-like’ disease
All of the patients are "from northern IL ", according to the health department, but no other location information was provided. The condition is rare, with only 1 in 1 million people in the United States contracting the disease, according to the CDC.

Scarlett Johansson reportedly lands $20 million movie deal
She was first a villain of Iron-Man, and worked for the Russians before defecting to the United States and joining the Avengers . Brie Larson is making $5 million for the upcoming Captain Marvel , with a reported seven-picture deal (which Larson disputes ).

Bronson Burgoon Leads CIMB Classic by 1 With 63
This proprietary computer model was also all over Moore's strong performance at the Safeway Open last week. Defending champion Paul Dunne is on hand looking to defend the crown he won at Close House previous year .

Bloomberg goes back home - to the Democrats
Bloomberg, who served as Mayor of NY for three terms, has had a variety of party affiliations throughout the years. The idea now, of course, is that Bloomberg will run for president in 2020 , and that he'll do so as a Democrat.

Rising trend of casino apps
For those who are looking for a specific game, Cherry Rush also includes a description of what games can be found each site. It used to be that if someone wanted to play a casino game they had to find a land based venue.

Will Fiorentina continue the fight?
Another 16 goals brought Lorenzo Insigne, 13 goals went from Jose Callejon and 11 from Marek Hamšík. Forecasts Bookmakers consider Napoli as the main favorite - the coefficient for the victory of the hosts is 1.28.

Bets for upcoming Southampton vs Arsenal fight
Neither Arsene Wenger nor his players could afford themselves to lose another match if they still want to be in the top four. Arsenal is still keeping the dream to be qualified in Champions League after the victory over Manchester on Sunday.