Maneka Gandhi

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).

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After Mizoram, Nagaland Cabinet bans sale of dog meat

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.

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

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.

Amit Shah to head panel formed to tackle sexual harassment

24 Jul 2019

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".

Formed to tackle workplace sexual harassment, government's #MeToo panel dissolved

21 Jul 2019

Formed to tackle workplace sexual harassment, government's #MeToo panel dissolved

In the wake of the #MeToo movement in October, the government had constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks to deal with and prevent workplace sexual harassment.

BJP lawmaker Virendra Kumar to be interim Lok Sabha speaker

11 Jun 2019

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.

#Phase6: Voting underway in Delhi, six states; Kohli gets inked

12 May 2019

#Phase6: Voting underway in Delhi, six states; Kohli gets inked

The penultimate phase of Lok Sabha polls, the sixth phase, is underway in several states. Voting is being held for 59 seats.

Not directed at Jaya: Akhilesh defends Azam Khan's 'underwear' remark

16 Apr 2019

Not directed at Jaya: Akhilesh defends Azam Khan's 'underwear' remark

A day after senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan sparked a row by insulting his Rampur opponent Jaya Prada, party chief Akhilesh Yadav said the comment wasn't meant for her.

No votes, no work: Maneka Gandhi threatens Muslim voters

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.

BJP MLA calls Mayawati 'worse than eunuch', BSP hits back

20 Jan 2019

BJP MLA calls Mayawati 'worse than eunuch', BSP hits back

A controversy erupted after a BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh made offensive remarks on BSP Chief Mayawati saying she was 'worse than a eunuch'.

#MeTooImpact: AIR employee, accused of harassment, found guilty

08 Dec 2018

#MeTooImpact: AIR employee, accused of harassment, found guilty

An employee of All India Radio (AIR), who was accused of sexual harassment by at least nine women, was found guilty. The National Commission of Women informed about it on Friday and said the employee has been demoted and his salary reduced.

Hope Rajya Sabha passes anti-trafficking bill: Maneka Gandhi

01 Dec 2018

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.

Soon, accused to get 5-year-jail for possessing child-porn, no bail

24 Nov 2018

Soon, accused to get 5-year-jail for possessing child-porn, no bail

The new proposed amendments in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) plan to crack down on child pornography.

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

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.

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

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.

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

17 Oct 2018

#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.

Take sexual allegations seriously: Maneka Gandhi to Centre

10 Oct 2018

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.

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

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".

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

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.

Adultery: Done; Section 377: Done; Now time for marital rape?

30 Sep 2018

Adultery: Done; Section 377: Done; Now time for marital rape?

Striking down 158-year-old provisions of adultery under IPC Section 497, the Supreme Court recently said, "Any provision of law affecting individual dignity and equality of women invites wrath of Constitution. It's time to say that husband is not the master of wife."

Children separated from jailed mothers must visit them regularly: Maneka

16 Sep 2018

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.

Government brings in new rules to prevent pet-trade abuse

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

08 Sep 2018

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.

WCD invites nominations for Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018

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.

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

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.

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

03 Sep 2018

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.

12 sexual harassment cases under probe: Air India tells WCD

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.

Govt orders social audit of over 9,000 childcare homes

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.

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

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.

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

31 Jul 2018

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."

WCD Ministry declares September as National Nutrition Month

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.

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

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.

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

21 Jul 2018

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

20 Jul 2018

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.

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

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.

Illegal adoption row: Government orders inspection of childcare homes

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.

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

15 Jul 2018

#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.

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

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.

Only if PM Modi was as compassionate as CM Modi

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.

Harassment of wives: Government-panel proposes strict rules for NRI husbands

14 Jun 2018

Harassment of wives: Government-panel proposes strict rules for NRI husbands

An inter-department panel has proposed strict measures to check abandonment of Indian wives by NRIs.

Women may be able to choose co-passengers in Ola, Uber

14 Jun 2018

Women may be able to choose co-passengers in Ola, Uber

The Center is likely to direct taxi aggregators, mainly Ola and Uber, to introduce 'exclusive women pooling' option for its female passengers, in the wake of multiple incidents of assault.