MANEKA WANTS NCW TO HAVE POW­ERS SIM­I­LAR TO CIVIL COURT

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NEW DELHI: 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).

Gandhi wants the NCW to have 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

2 MORE TES­TIFY IN AK­BAR CASE

Delhi court on Fri­day recorded the state­ment of two wit­nesses — Su­nil Gu­jral and Veenu San­dal — in a crim­i­nal defama­tion case filed by for­mer Union minister MJ Ak­bar against jour­nal­ist Priya Ra­mani who had made al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault against Ak­bar.

The two wit­nesses and for­mer col­leagues of Ak­bar, who recorded their state­ments be­fore ad­di­tional chief metropoli­tan mag­is­trate in­formed the court that they were shocked when they came to know about the al­le­ga­tions against Ak­bar.

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