Maneka wants NCW to have pow­ers sim­i­lar to civil court

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NEWDELHI:AHEAD of the first meet­ing of the group of min­is­ters (GOM) for re­view­ing the law against sex­ual ha­rass­ment at work­place, Union women and child de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Maneka Gandhi has pitched for more pow­ers for the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women (NCW).

Gand­hi­wants­thencw­to­have power akin to the civil courts as it would help the body to ad­dress all com­plaints that come to it. The fo­cus of the meet­ing would be to strengthen the women’s com­mis­sion, the min­is­ter added.

“The idea is to es­tab­lish in­fra­struc­ture which can han­dle these cases. We aim to pro­vide the same pow­ers to NCW as the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion or the SC/ST com­mis­sion akin to a civil court. If we can make it stronger, NCW is good enough to take care of all com­plaints that come to it,” Gandhi said.

At a law re­view con­sul­ta­tion of the Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment at Work­place Act, 2013 held in Novem­ber, the NCW had said there was no spec­i­fied au­thor­ity to in­quire and in­spect the proper im­ple­men­ta­tion of the act.

The Cen­tre in Oc­to­ber had con­sti­tuted the GOM — headed by Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh — in a bid to ex­am­ine the

ex­ist­ing le­gal and in­sti­tu­tional frame­works for deal­ing with mat­ters of sex­ual ha­rass­ment of women at work­place.

It came in the wake of the ‘Metoo In­dia’ move­ment. The GOM in­cludes Union min­is­ters Nitin Gad­kari, Nir­mala Sithara­man

and Maneka Gandhi. It is ex­pected to ex­am­ine the ex­ist­ing pro­vi­sions for the safety of women and rec­om­mend fur­ther mea­sures re­quired to strengthen and make them more ef­fec­tive, within three months of its con­sti­tu­tion.

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