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India has police, tough laws to protect women: Smriti Irani

Press Trust of India  |  Indore (MP) 

Amid the ongoing #MeToo campaign, said here on Friday that the country has very strict laws in place to protect women, who can approach and the courts to get justice.

"For protection of women, there are machinery and very stringent laws in our country. If a woman wants legal protection, she can approach the nearest station. She can also knock on the doors of the courts to get justice," said.

The was replying to a question about the #MeToo movement at a program organised by the BJP to mark birth centenary of its stalwart Rajmata

On Thursday, asked about allegations of sexual harassment against her ministerial colleague M J Akbar, had said in that it was for him to make a statement on the issue.

In Indore, Irani also said that the government led by took a historic decision to enact a law providing for the death penalty to those found guilty of raping minor girls.

She also said that rape victims should get all possible help so that they can lead a normal life.

"If we look at the genesis of (sexual) crimes, they start with eve-teasing and lead to more heinous crimes," the said.

"members or social workers should inform local police and public representatives immediately if they come to know about instances of eve-teasing in the area," she said.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 23:35 IST