At a time when the who’s who of Bollywood, the media, advertising, comedy and more are getting called out for sexual harassment, assault, abuse and more, associations are finally starting to sit up and take notice. Some prominent individuals too are walking out of projects that involve working with someone who has been accused.
Following the allegations that began with comedian Utsav Chakraborty before going on to heavyweights such as former journalist and Minister of State MJ Akbar to people in Bollywood such as Subhash Ghai, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan and producer Vikas Bahl, the Producers Guild of India put out a statement that regarding the formation of a special committee to look into sexual harassment.
“The Producers Guild of India is committed to work towards making workplaces in the industry safe spaces for everyone. In this regard a special committee has been instituted within the Guild to address the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace within our industry,” the release stated. According to the release, it was decided that the members of the guild must abide by the notification given by the government on sexual harassment at the women at the workplace and will organise workshops.
After actor Tanushree Dutta’s allegation against actor Nana Patekar, the Cine And TV Artistes' Association, in its statement, said that it believed that the earlier its decision in the matter in 2008 was not appropriate and that it was “highly regrettable and no apologies can suffice”.
“We also appeal to to all our members to report any such incidents to us immediately. We are duty bound to give them our complete moral and legal support to ensure just and safe working conditions,” the statement added.
However, the statement said that CINTAA could not take up the matter as it is over three years old. On Friday, Tanushree Dutta filed a fresh complaint with CINTAA, asking them to reopen the 2008 case.
Ashoke Pandit, the Chief Advisor to the Federation of Western India Cine Employees said that a committee will be set up for the redressal of matters related to matter of sexual misconduct. According to Scroll, this federation has 24 cinema associations under it, and the committee which will be set up will have 3 members from each association.