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Referring to the ongoing #MeToo storm against sexual harassment, Union Minister Smriti Irani said that India has strict laws for the protection of women, who can approach to police and appeal to courts to seek justice.

Ms. Irani said that “For the protection of women, there are police machinery and very stringent laws in our country. If a woman wants legal protection, she can approach the nearest police station. She can also knock on the doors of the courts to get justice.”

She replied to quarries about the ongoing #MeToo Movement at the program organized by the BJP to mark the birth anniversary of its Stalwart Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia.

On Thursday, she was asked about the charges of sexual assault that was imposed against her Ministerial Colleague MJ Akbar the Union Minister replied that it was for him to make a statement on the issue, in Mumbai.

Ms. Irani in Indore said that the BJP government led by PM Modi took a historic decision to enact a law offering death penalty to those found convict of raping minor girls.

Ms. Irani said that the rape survivor should seek possible assistance so that they can lead a normal life.

Ms. Irani continued that “If we look at the genesis of (sexual) crimes, they start with eve-teasing and lead to more heinous crimes.”

“Family members or social workers should inform local police and public representatives immediately if they come to know about instances of eve-teasing in the area,” she added.

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