Maneka Gandhi: News

Maneka Gandhi is a former Minister of Women and Child Development, and a current BJP member in the Lok Sabha. She is also a self-described animal rights leader, and is the founder of People for Animals, an animal welfare organization. Recently, she hit headlines for her comments on the pregnant elephant’s saddening death in Kerala.  “Mallapuram (sic) is known for its intense criminal activity specially with regards to animals,” she had tweeted, which invited massive backlash from the state. Her NGO’s web page was hacked by Kerala cyber warriors, who said the reason as: “Maneka Gandhi dragged the sad death of pregnant elephant for dirty politics.” A case has also been filed against her under Section 153 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

07 Oct 2021

Varun Gandhi

Varun Gandhi dropped from BJP body after criticizing Lakhimpur case

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi was removed from the party's National Executive on Thursday.

24 Aug 2021


Sultanpur: Autopsy of man who died under mysterious circumstances ordered

The district administration of Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh has ordered the post-mortem examination of a 33-year-old man, whose body was kept in a deep freezer by his father after he died under mysterious circumstances.

23 Jun 2021


BJP's Maneka Gandhi faces protests for allegedly abusing a veterinarian

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Maneka Gandhi, a self-described animal rights activist, is facing the heat for allegedly abusing a veterinarian.

21 Jun 2021

Uttar Pradesh

Man arrested for hurting dog after 'call from Maneka Gandhi'

In an audio clip that surfaced on social media, MP and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi is purportedly heard telling a police officer to register a case in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur and slap a man for breaking a dog's leg.

08 Jan 2021


BJP's Maneka Gandhi allegedly threatens businessman with false molestation case

Maneka Gandhi, the Lok Sabha member from Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, showed her high-handedness when she threatened a businessman from Bengaluru with a false molestation case after animal rights activists accused him of allegedly hitting a stray dog.

04 Jul 2020


After Mizoram, Nagaland Cabinet bans sale of dog meat

The Nagaland government on Friday banned the sale of dog meat in the state along with the commercial import and trading of dogs.

03 Jun 2020


Pregnant elephant fed firecrackers in fruit, dies; Maneka Gandhi fumes

The death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala has made the entire nation angry, because of the sheer brutality which humans meted on her.

24 Jul 2019

Sexual Harassment

Amit Shah to head panel formed to tackle sexual harassment

At the peak of #MeToo movement in October last year, the Centre had formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) panel to deal with sexual harassment at workplace. But a few days ago, an RTI inquiry revealed the panel was "dissolved".

11 Jun 2019

Narendra Modi

BJP lawmaker Virendra Kumar to be interim Lok Sabha speaker

According to reports, Bharatiya Janata Party's Dr. Virendra Kumar will be the pro-tem or interim speaker for the 17th Lok Sabha.

12 Apr 2019


No votes, no work: Maneka Gandhi threatens Muslim voters

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi was caught on camera threatening Muslim voters in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, from where she will contest polls this time.

01 Dec 2018

Lok Sabha

Hope Rajya Sabha passes anti-trafficking bill: Maneka Gandhi

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi today expressed hope that the proposed anti-trafficking bill would be passed by the Rajya Sabha in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament.

15 Nov 2018


#MeToo in AIR: Maneka Gandhi orders probe after allegations surface

After numerous sexual harassment allegations surfaced against All India Radio employees, Woman and Child Development (WCD) minister Maneka Gandhi has asked the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to probe the accusations.

05 Nov 2018


Rahul Gandhi, Harsh Vardhan spar over killing of tigress, Avni

Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi for slamming Centre over the killing of tigress Avni (T-1), Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said that no previous government has worked with the kind of "depth and seriousness" this dispensation has.

17 Oct 2018

Sexual Harassment

#MeToo: MJ Akbar resigns in light of allegations against him

Embattled Minister of State for External Affairs, MJ Akbar, has resigned from his post in light of sexual harassment allegations against him.

10 Oct 2018

Sexual Harassment

Take sexual allegations seriously: Maneka Gandhi to Centre

At a time when Union Minister and former editor MJ Akbar is facing serious allegations of sexual harassment during his tenure as a journalist, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has come forward and spoken about the #MeToo movement.

08 Oct 2018


Maneka insists on no age-limit to report child sexual abuse

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi today said she has asked the Law Ministry to not keep any age limit to report child sexual abuse, allowing people to complain about what has happened to them even "10-15 years later".

05 Oct 2018


Maharashtra: Elephant freed to hunt man-eater tigress kills woman

The operation to catch the man-eater tigress of Maharashtra's Yavatmal and her two cubs got into trouble, when an elephant freed for the operation, ran amok and trampled a woman to death at Chahand village in Ralegao tahsil on Wednesday.

16 Sep 2018

Human Trafficking

Children separated from jailed mothers must visit them regularly: Maneka

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi proposed that a child separated from jailed mother must be made to visit her in prison at least thrice weekly, amid incidents of such children getting trafficked.

13 Sep 2018


Government brings in new rules to prevent pet-trade abuse

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change notified a new Prevention of Cruelties to Animals (Pet Shops) Rule to prevent the abuse in India's pet trade.

WCD Ministry invites nominations for National Children Awards 2018

The Women and Child Development Ministry has invited nominations for this year's National Children Awards given to children with outstanding achievements in the fields of innovation, scholastic achievements, sports, arts and culture, social service, and bravery.

07 Sep 2018


WCD invites nominations for Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018

The Women and Child Development Ministry have invited nominations for this year's 'Nari Shakti Puraskar', the highest civilian honor for women in India.

03 Sep 2018


BJP MP calls for a 'purush-aayog', because men suffer too!

Harinarayan Rajbhar, a BJP MP from Ghosi, UP, has said there should be a commission for men, like the National Commission for Women, as he believes men suffer too.

03 Sep 2018

PAN Card

Now, mentioning father's name not mandatory in PAN application

In an empowering move, the government is set to make mentioning father's name not-mandatory when applying for a new PAN card.

24 Aug 2018


12 sexual harassment cases under probe: Air India tells WCD

There are 12 cases of alleged sexual harassment before Air India's various Internal Complaints Committees (ICC), the airline has informed the Women and Child Development Ministry.

08 Aug 2018


Govt orders social audit of over 9,000 childcare homes

Women and Child Development Ministry has ordered a social audit of over 9,000 child care institutions across India in two months, an official said today.

07 Aug 2018


WCD-Minister Maneka Gandhi to meet Netflix team over gender-sensitive content

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi will be meeting a team of online streaming service Netflix this week to ensure gender-sensitive, and child-friendly content is displayed on the platform, a senior WCD official said.

31 Jul 2018

Lok Sabha

Maneka Gandhi, WCD minster, claims she didn't know 'transgender'. Disturbing

Days after Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi created controversy by calling transgenders "the other ones," she has tweeted an "apology," claiming she didn't know "the official terminology for the transgender community."

25 Jul 2018


WCD Ministry declares September as National Nutrition Month

Every year, September would be celebrated as the National Nutrition Month to mark India's fight against malnutrition, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has said.

24 Jul 2018


Monkey menace at Vice President's House, Naidu seeks solutions

Monkey menace has now struck the official residence of the Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

21 Jul 2018

Juvenile Justice Act

Issue instructions to conduct MoCs' inspection: WCD Ministry to states

The Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry has said that it has asked all states and Union Territories to issue instructions for conducting an inspection of all homes run by the Missionaries of Charity (MoC).

Ministry says passports of 8 NRI-husbands, who abandoned wives, canceled

An official of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has said passports of eight NRI husbands, who abandoned their wives, have been canceled and lookout notices against them issued.

17 Jul 2018


Jharkhand baby-selling racket: Maneka Gandhi directs states to take steps

A day after authorities rescued the fourth baby sold by a Sister and a staff member at a Missionaries of Charity shelter home in Jharkhand, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has directed all states to inspect such child care institutions (CCI) run by the organization.

17 Jul 2018


Illegal adoption row: Government orders inspection of childcare homes

After cases of alleged illegal adoptions carried out by childcare homes run by Mother Teresa-founded Missionaries of Charity (MoC) surfaced recently, the Indian Government has ordered all the states to get MoC homes inspected immediately.

15 Jul 2018

Delhi High Court

#SexualHarassment: Air-India asked to replace panel-chief after air hostess's complaint

Delhi High Court has asked Air India to replace the chairperson of its panel looking into the sexual harassment allegations by an air hostess against one of its senior officials.

06 Jul 2018


Let single-mothers file PAN-applications without naming child's father: Maneka Gandhi

Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi is fighting again to make things easier for single mothers.

27 Jun 2018


Only if PM Modi was as compassionate as CM Modi

The survey by Thomson Reuters ranking India as the most dangerous country for women has sparked a controversy.

#YogaFor9to5: Contest to generate awareness of yoga benefits at workplace

Yoga at work helps keep the inner self calm and also aids in achieving the perfect balance between mind and body to achieve maximum productivity, Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said.

07 Jun 2018


To ensure women-safety, NRI-marriages to be registered within 48 hours

Union Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD) Maneka Gandhi on Wednesday directed that all NRI marriages should be registered within 48 hours of the ceremony, failing which visas and passports won't be issued.

06 Jun 2018


Mumbai: 76-year-old jailed for keeping his cattle unsheltered during 2013-deluge

Addressing the issue of animal cruelty, a Mumbai court awarded a man 10-day imprisonment and levied a penalty of Rs. 3,000 for keeping his cattle out in the open amidst torrential rains.

27 May 2018


Amid push for legalization, Delhi sees 502% rise in weed-consumption

Delhi Police had a distressing time during January-April'18, when they seized 1,345 kilos of marijuana. During the corresponding period last year, it was just 223kg, meaning a whopping 502% jump.