As #MeToo campaign has gotten bigger, the National Commission for Women on Wednesday assured help to all the victims and also urged them to come out and lodge their complaints with authorities concerned, including NCW. While taking cognizance of the instances of sexual harassment, the NCW said the commission condemns any “act of invasion of the private space of women.”
“The Commission is of the considered view that such violation infringes the Constitutional Rights of women and the perpetrators of such violence need to be penalized as per law,” said the NCW in a statement.
The Commission also urged the women to not just ‘name and shame the alleged perpetrators’ but also lodge a formal complaint.
“The prevalent culture of silence has long prevented women from speaking out and reporting such cases. The Commission has accordingly noticed that in many such cases, the victims do not want to go beyond naming and shaming the alleged offenders and lodge a formal complaint. In such cases, the Commission would urge them to lodge their written complaints with authorities concerned including with the National Commission for Women,” said the NCW.
“The National Commission for Women appreciated the bravery of the women who have spoken and who continue to come forward to help punish perpetrators of such violence,” the Commission added.
Later while speaking exclusively to Republic TV, NCW chief Rekha Sharma said that "Somehow none of these women have come out and lodged a written complaint. Once, we have a written complaint we can go forward with it and take up with the police concerned, otherwise, how would we know that whether they want to name and shame only or file a complaint.”
“Whether from politics, entertainment industry or media, any complaint from anyone, if it comes to, we will work on this,” said Rekha Sharma.
While hailing the brave women who showed the courage to speak up, Rekha Sharma said that , “If these women want to take it to a conclusion, they must file a case whether with police or with us because these sexual predators are not stopping at one woman.”
Rekha Sharma also pointed at an unfortunate fact, wherein the NCW had in past invited actresses to come forward and report any such cases.
“Even though a lot of actresses from South spoke up, none from Bollywood came forward,” said Rekha Sharma.
MeToo campaign which is gaining strength in India by the day officially started after Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual misconduct. Her allegations opened a floodgate with women coming out and naming sexual predators across all walks of life.