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WCD to push for more power to NCW for sexual harassment cases

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The and (WCD) has decided to pitch for more strength to the (NCW) in the first meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to look into laws against sexual at the workplace, said an on Friday.

"We will concentrate on one thing, that is strengthening of NCW. We took it to the Cabinet also but it could not be passed. It has been pending for three years now. So, this time we are going to resurrect it...," said the

The first meeting is scheduled to be held on December 10, according to a top government source.

According to the Ministry, the proposed provisions were part of the bill that was drafted in April 2015 on the basis of suggestions of another GoM, headed by

Following the #MeToo movement, the government in October formed the new GoM, which was headed by Rajnath Singh, along with three other Cabinet Ministers -- Nitin Gadkari, and

The new GoM was formed to examine the existing legal and institutional frameworks for dealing with matters of sexual of women at

As per the WCD sources, a major problem being faced by the NCW is the investigation process of a sexual cases which often lead to delays in proceeding with the complaints.

"We have therefore decided to voice for same power to NCW as has been given to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes," the stated.

The NCW has also been assigned to handle the matters coming from "She-Box" -- the single-window access to working women to register complaints related to at workplaces, apart from the #MeToo cases.



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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 00:42 IST