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Centre to set up panel of retired judges to hold public hearings on #MeToo

New Delhi, Oct 12 (IENews) With the heat generated over the #MeToo movement in the country, the Centre has decided to form a panel of retired judges to hold public hearings in sexual assault and harassment cases.

Explaining about the proposed four-member committee which will go in to issues emanating from the
#MeToo movement, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said her ministry will set
up a committee of senior judicial and legal persons as members to examine all issues emanating from
the #MeTooIndia movement.

The #MeToo movement in India started after actress Tanushree Dutta accused actor Nana Patekar of
harassing her on the film sets a decade ago.

The revelations sparked off outpourings of harassment on social media of other celebrities ranging from
directors, writers, comedians and even caught a union minister in its loop.

Extending her full backing to the victims of sexual harassment, the Union minister said the committee will go into the issue of handling complaints of sexual harassment and see how to strengthen the mechanism to handle these complaints.

(With inputs UNI)

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