MeToo movement gained momentum in India after Tanushree Dutta’s allegations against veteran actor Nana Patekar. Soon many such sexual misconduct cases came forth in media and the entertainment industry including charges against Sajid Khan, Alok Nath and Vikas Bahl and more.
After notice issued by Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) were not responded to, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) on Monday said it will issue show cause notices to actor Alok Nath and director Sajid Khan.
A statement suggests Alok Nath’s response to IFTDA was not “satisfactory”, while Sajid did not respond to the letter of IFTDA on being accused of sexual harassment and molestation by a few female members of the industry.
Writer-director Vinta Nanda named and shamed Alok for sexually violating her 19 years ago, while Sajid has been named by multiple women for his unacceptable behaviour.
The statement also reads ‘FWICE along with IFTDA pledge to support the victims of sexual misconduct, irrespective of the gender, with our full strength and might.”The committee shall extend full support to the victim to go ahead with the case and all the legal guidance and help shall be offered to the victim till the judgment on the case is awarded by the court of law,”
The following procedure includes a meeting between top officials of FWICE and members of IFTDA which will decide future actions.
The associations have now made it mandatory for each production house to form a separate ‘Special Redressal Committee’ in accordance with the Vishakha guidelines to closely monitor such incidents occurring on their projects (film/serial). This committee will empower the victims to come out with such issues openly and help eradicate such malpractices from the industry completely.