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#MeToo movement: Time for truth to be told 'loud and clear' says Rahul Gandhi, WCD ministry bats for judicial panel

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 12, Oct 2018, 17:48 pm IST | UPDATED: 12, Oct 2018, 18:19 pm IST

#MeToo movement: Time for truth to be told 'loud and clear' says Rahul Gandhi, WCD ministry bats for judicial panel New Delhi: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Friday came out in support of the #MeToo movement, saying it is time for the truth to be told "loud and clear in order to bring about change".

He did not comment on the charges of sexual harassment against Union minister M J Akbar.

It is about time that everyone learns to treat women with respect and dignity, Gandhi said on Twitter.

The #MeToo movement has gathered pace over the last fortnight with scores of women speaking out on sexual harassment at the workplace and support pouring in from various quarters.

It's about time everyone learns to treat women with respect and dignity. I'm glad the space for those who don't, is closing. The truth needs to be told loud and clear in order to bring about change, he tweeted, using the hashtag MeToo.

He did not say anything on Akbar, who has been accused by several former women colleagues of sexual harassment when he served as editor at various media organisations.

Demands have escalated for action against the minister of state for external affairs.

Gandhi Thursday said the MeToo movement is a very "big issue" and he will give his detailed view on it at a press conference.

Meanwhile, Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Friday said she believes in all the women who have come out with complaints of sexual harassment.

She said her ministry will soon propose a committee with senior judicial and legal persons as members to look into all issues emanating from the #MeToo campaign.

"I believe in all of them. I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complainant.

"I am proposing to set up a committee with senior judicial and legal persons as members to look into all issues emanating from the #MeToo campaign," she said in an interview to PTI.

The committee will look into the legal and institutional framework which is in place for handling complaints of sexual harassment, including some of the complaints if required, and advise the ministry on how to strengthen these, she said.
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