The Me Too movement has brought about a revolutionary change in India and especially in the Hindi film fraternity. Several renowned personalities like Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Subhash Ghai, Sajid Khan, and Karim Morani among others have been accused of sexual harassment and lots of women are coming forward and sharing their Me Too stories.
While a lot of people and companies are taking strict actions against the accused men, The Producers Guild Of India recently released a statement backing the movement. They have mentioned about the strict measures they will be taking to ensure women safety and the stringent action against proven offenders. Read the statement below.
Within the first week of setting up a special committee on sexual harassment the producers Guild of India has called for an extraordinary general meeting to amend its by-laws to-
1) Make it mandatory for all existing and new members to sign a declaration that affirms the sexual harassment of women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013' and any amendment/successor at thereof has been instituted and implemented in their workplaces, as prescribed by the law. This is to be signed and submitted by every guild member within 30 days of receipt of the declaration from the guild. Within the 30 days the guild will schedule a series of workshops to be conducted by specialized external agencies which will enable its members to institute and implement these robust processes at their workplaces if they have not already done so. Failure to submit the declaration to the guild by the end of 30 days from its receipt would result in expulsion from the guild.
2) Affirm that if any nominated representative of a guild member is adjudged to have engaged in sexual harassment by the internal complaints committee (ICC) constituted by the concerned guild member and/or by way of any other legal process available in law, the guild has the right to immediately expel the concerned nominated representative.
The committee will enable all guild members to institute and implement robust processes in their workplaces to ensure the highest standards of safety for employees and crew members, whether in offices or on the sets of productions.
The guild is committed to working on a sustained and continuing basis to make industry workplaces safe spaces for everyone who works here.
The Producers Guild with this statement has taken the #MeToo movement a step forward by ensuring appropriate consequences for the accused and by providing protective measures for women at workplace.
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