As #MeeToo movement gets momentum in Bollywood, on Wednesday, the Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) has decided to set up a committee that will handle all the ongoing sexual harassment cases.
And, those who will be a part of the committee includes Swara Bhasker, Raveena Tandon, Renuka Shahane, filmmaker Amol Gupte, members of PoSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) and journalist Bharti Dubey.
Sushant Singh, general secretary, CINTAA said the organisation is collaborating with several people to eliminate the issue.
“Swara Bhasker approached us, she is a member. She was working on this issue independently, very methodically. When we met her we realised we were on the same page. We are planning to set up a sub-committee which will focus on sexual harassment awareness. It includes Swara and lawyer Vrinda Grover who will take a session for the industry. PoSH will also pitch in and counselling sessions, awareness workshops and symposiums will be held,” Sushant said.
“We need to define punishment for what one has done. As a trade union, we can only expel such people from associations. But as an industry, we need to think. The committee should be so strong that if someone is held guilty, proven wrong or is a repeat offender, no one should employ them. We will be coordinating with producers, because they are the employers. We need to create such an atmosphere,” he added.
The #MeeToo movement get started in India after Tanushree Dutta spoke up against Nana Patekar almost two weeks ago. Recently, a lot of such cases have come to the fore, with big names like Alok Nath, Kailash Kher, Rohit Roy, Rajat Kapoor being accused of harrasement by women.