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First meeting of GoM on sexual harassment complaints on Monday WCD to push for strengthening NCW

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A group of ministers formed to strengthen legal and institutional frameworks to prevent sexual at will hold their first meeting Monday where will push for strengthening the (NCW), officials said.

The group of ministers, headed by Rajnath Singh, was constituted by the government to strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks to deal with and prevent sexual at

Its members are Nitin Gadkari, and Gandhi, the

A senior WCD said Gandhi would push for strengthening the and giving it more teeth to grapple with the complaints of made by women.

The said the is likely to suggest giving more powers to the commission, equivalent to that of a civil court, and allowing it to impose fines and the right to summon and search and seize documents when carrying out an investigation.

The GoM will examine the existing legal and institutional frameworks for dealing with such matters.

It will recommend action required for effective implementation of the existing provisions, as well as for strengthening these frameworks for addressing issues related to at workplace, the said.

The GoM has been set up in the wake of #MeToo where several women have publicly named people who had harassed them at their

India's "#MeToo" movement, which started with accusing of harassing her during the shooting of a Bollywood film in 2008, escalated sharply with more and more women coming forward with their complaints against various personalities.

Former M J Akbar, filmmakers Subhash Ghai, Sajid Khan, and are among those who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 22:12 IST