India - proposals to combat online abuse of women

NDTV India reports that Minister Maneka Gandhi has recommended that online abuse of women be outlawed as part of a package of reforms to protect the rights of women.

At a time when women journalists and others are complaining about prolific and misogynistic online abuse, union minister Maneka Gandhi has said that the government's new agenda for women's rights and equality looks "very strongly" at how to fight "viciousness against women on the net" which, she said, must be treated at par with violence.

Speaking exclusively to NDTV, Mrs Gandhi, who heads the Women and Child Development Ministry, said that she has recommended that the Home Ministry create a department to deal with online attacks against women.