#MeToo movement: Supreme Court denies urgent hearing of petition

New Delhi | The Supreme Court bench on Monday declined the urgent hearing of petitions on MeToo saying it would be coming in hearing in a ‘regular course’.

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SS Kaul was listening to Lawyer ML Sharma petition where he demanded that a First Information Reports or FIRs must be filed in all #MeToo complaints. Lawyer Sharma in his petition asked the Apex court to set up special fast-track courts for the cases related to sexual harassment and financial assistance and security for all complainants. Sharma also said that the National Women’s Commission must provide legal help to the victims.

Various women have accused there employers and seniors colleagues of sexual harassment in the ongoing MeToo movement. Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar had to resign from his post after allegations of sexual harassment by journalist Priya Ramani. In his defense Akbar had filed a defamation case against Ramani. The Patiala House Court has asked the former Minister to record his statement on October 31.


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