Maharashtra for harsher eve-teasing law

Concerned over the spate of eve-teasing cases in the state, the Maharashtra government is considering a proposal to make it a non-bailable offence.

Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Varsha Gaikwad told PTI that she would discuss the issue with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and set up a committee comprising social workers and women legislators to examine a draft bill called the Maharashtra Prohibition of Eveteasing and Harassment of Women Act, prepared by the Help Mumbai Foundation.

A delegation from the NGO met Gaikwad and submitted a memorandum along with the proposed bill, demanding that it be tabled in the state legislature so that a law with sufficient teeth is enacted to protect women from eve-teasing and sexual harassment.

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