Online trolling against women to be considered violence: Maneka Gandhi

Slamming online trolling aginst women, the Minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday said it will be considered violence. The minister also charged the police and forensic experts of incompetence in April 28 brutal rape and murder of the Dalit woman in Kerala's Ernakulum district which sparked mass protests.

Ms Gandhi also alleged that she was concerned about the way in which forensic experts were handling such cases. She said, “One of the things that should emerge from this report is strengthening forensics in the police. It is the forensic department that is always to blame for the miscarriage of justice which is what happened in the Aarushi Talwar case and in this case.”

Charging the police of dithering in its investigation into the attack on the student, Ms Gandhi said an independent probe into the case by the National Commission for Women found glaring problems with the manner in which forensic experts were handling the assault.

She alleged that the NCW report mentioned that "even after the victim had complained to the police about a neighbour who threatened her with rape, the police didn’t pay any heed. It considered it as a case of eve-teasing instead."