In a move to make work place safer for women, the central government has constituted a Group of Ministers(GoM), headed by home minister Rajnath Singh, to strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks to deal with and prevent sexual harassment at work place.
The members of the GoM are Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, a home ministry official said.
"The GoM will examine the existing legal and institutional frameworks for dealing with matters of sexual harassment of women at workplace", said the official.
It will recommend action required for effective implementation of the existing provisions, as well as for strengthening the existing legal and institutional frameworks for addressing issues related to sexual harassment at workplace, the official said.
"I am grateful to the Prime Minister and Home Minister for agreeing to organise a Group of Ministers (GOM) in which there will be two male and two female ministers who will look into all the aspects of what is necessary to give security to our women at work place", said Maneka Gandhi.
We are trying to find ways to deal with issues women face in their work place. For instance,making it limitless in terms of time for when you can complain and strengthen National Commission for Women & institutions that can look after these types of complaints, Gandhi said in a statement to media.
The GoM has been set up in the wake of #MeToo movement where several women have publicly named people who had harassed them at their workplace.
Former editor M J Akbar had to resign as Minister of State for External Affairs following allegations of sexual harassment against him by former colleagues.
( With inputs from PTI )