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Maneka Gandhi advocates for Raising the Age for reporting Sexual Harassment to 30 years

The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, came forward to explain the need for it. "What we would like to do is to get this government to raise the age to file a complaint in the matter so that those who were molested as children can complain till 30 years of age," said Gandhi to the reporters.

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Maneka Gandhi on Sexual Harassment

The Ministry of Women and Child Development is contemplating over raising the time span of reporting sexual harassment to 30 years. The Ministry has cited encouragement to the victim’s of sexual harassment as the agenda to do so. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, came forward to explain the need for it. “What we would like to do is to get this government to raise the age to file a complaint in the matter so that those who were molested as children can complain till 30 years of age,” said Gandhi to the reporters. The case has been taken up by the ministry to empower more women to report any case of harassment so that they can investigate it.

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The decision has come in the midst of the ongoing Tanushree Dutta vs Nana Patekar case where the Bollywood actress has alleged that she was inappropriately touched during the shoot of a movie in 2008. The Bollywood and Netizens have split into those in support of the ‘Ashiq Banaya Aapne’ actress while some either dodging from commenting over the issue or questioning her quietness for almost a decade. Maneka Gandhi, however, commented and cleared out the mist by stating that any kind of harassment will not be tolerated. While taking a reference of #MeToo online campaign where women across the internet narrated their ordeal of sexual harassment and how they faced it, Gandhi said, “I feel we should also start something called ‘Me Too India’ in which any woman who has been harassed at any point should write to us and we should investigate. For the first time, the national commission for women is going into every case which has been reported to us. We go in detail and literally, we have solved several thousand cases,”

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Such concept if brought in place, many women will feel empowered to bring their cases of harassment in the authority’s record even if it had happened in their childhood. The Ministry of Women and Child hints at this step for the betterment of the women who at some point in time have faced harassment and were quiet at the te of the incident. If a BBC report has to be believed, there are many in the Bollywood industry have been offered advances in exchange of sexual favour. Radhika Apte, Kalki Koechlin and others have spoken about sexual harassment that most of the women have to go through at some or the other point in time in their life.

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