The seven-time MP and younger daughter-in-law of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi was also in the council of ministers during the previous NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the first Animal Welfare Minister of the country.
In just-concluded Lok Sabha election, Maneka won from the Pilibhit constituency by a margin of over 3 lakh votes.
Maneka Gandhi joined active politics after the death of her husband Sanjay Gandhi in an air crash in 1980 and floated her own political outfit in March 1983 after she fell-out with her mother-in-law.
However, she had lost the 1984 Lok Sabha elections from Amethi and lost to former Prime Minister and her
brother-in-law Rajiv Gandhi.
Though Maneka Gandhi was part of the NDA government under Vajpayee, she joined BJP officially only in 2004.
Gandhi said there is neither development nor safety, adding the Samajwadi Party Government has no shame about the rising crimes in the state.
In contrast, when animals are hunted, some will be shot several times causing tremendous pain, but many others escape with one gunshot or flesh wound, and die later slowly.
Maneka Gandhi had a spat with the environment minister over killings of animals for scientific research
Maneka’s anger was directed at three notifications issued by the Environment Ministry in the last six months, each declaring a wild animal ‘vermin’, or pest, in a state for the period of one year. The ministry had, in December, declared blue bull, or nilgai, a vermin in Bihar.
Defending the Centre, Javadekar stated that taking such a decision was not the Centre’s prerogative, adding the Environment Ministry acted as per the law.
Maneka Gandhi on Thursday criticised Environment Ministry for alleged 'killing of animals'
Maneka Gandhi said that the ministry was "writing letters to every state and allowing the killing of animals like elephants, wild boars and monkeys".
The draft bill aims to treat survivors as victims in need of assistance and protection rather than as criminals, and to unify existing anti-trafficking laws, prioritise survivors' needs, and prevent victims such as those found in brothel raids from being arrested and jailed like traffickers.
As the Modi government completes two years in power, here is look at what key ministers from the Union Cabinet have to say.
The case was highlighted as the accused teenager who was short of 18 years, had allegedly drove his father's Mercedes over 32-year-old Siddharth Sharma on April 4.
Another game-changer will be the requirement to have panic buttons on all mobile phone by January 2017.
Gandhi put the onus of ensuring the annual check-up of women on their husbands, saying it is often the negligence on their part that aggravates the condition of a woman suffering from diseases such as cancer or TB.
The idea behind the scheme, the minister said, was to train women to become self sufficient and start Self Help Groups, "but this did not happen."
Narrates incident when Cong chief stopped relative from using name to benefit self.
The horse had lost its leg after it was brutally beaten during clashes between BJP protesters and the police on March 14.
There is no dearth of expert opinion supporting Maneka Gandhi on criminalising marital rape, but successive governments have chosen the path of least resistance by simply ignoring them.
Earlier, the Home Ministry had sought the Law Commission's opinion on the matter during the course of its comprehensive review of the criminal justice system.
In a strongly worded letter to Naveen, Gandhi alleged that animal welfare activist Tirtha Kumar Sahu in Rayagada district was arrested and tortured by the Rayagada district collector.
Reuters ran the ministry’s denial on October 20 while maintaining that it stood by the “fairness and accuracy of its story”.
Section 375 of IPC, which deals with rape, makes an exception for such instances within marriages. It holds that “sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not rape”.
A day after Uttarakhand BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi was booked for attacking a horse, Union Minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi today said she has written to the party demanding his expulsion.
Marital rape: India shares the hall of shame with China, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia that do not criminalise the act.
The government remains unconvinced about criminalising marital rape as Maneka Gandhi told Rajya Sabha on Thursday that a country like India is not ready for the change due to factors like poverty, illiteracy and religious beliefs.
Does India have the required infrastructure to effectively monitor millions of deliveries that happen in the country every year?
Maneka Gandhi's suggestion that pre-natal sex determination test be made compulsory to check female foeticide evoked sharp reaction from the activists and the netizens.
On Monday, Maneka Gandhi said sex determination during pregnancy must be made compulsory, a statement she later said was only an “alternative view”.
In a scathing attack, the Congress said that the Modi government was “determined to convert ‘save the girl child’ campaign into ‘banish the girl child’ movement”.
"Minister WCD clarifies that there is no Cabinet proposal for tracking the sex of a foetus and that compulsory determination of foetal sex is an idea given by some stakeholders," WCD ministry said on twitter.
This PCPNDT Act is not under me, but with the health ministry. But till when will we keep arresting people.
Women's outfits have been spearheading campaign against centuries-old ban on female devotees entering the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra.
While Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands display high numbers of criminal activity, India stands with Yemen and Lebanon in the lower zone.
Shalini Nair explains a proposed change in law that will help new mothers get 26 weeks of maternity leave but will touch only a fraction of working women.
Longer maternity leave for working women in the private sector will be good for women — and company bottomlines.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi Monday said the Ministry of Labour has agreed to increase maternity leave to six-and-a-half months.
In his letter, Jaitley objected to Maneka’s suggestion on the ground that industry representatives were against “enhanced disclosures under the Companies Act, 2013 and adding to these may not be desirable”.
In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Gandhi said, "It is a question of putting the blame always...the west did it. They may have done it 100 years ago. India is one of the main players in destroying the climate."