WCD Ministry Proposes to Set up Committee for #MeToo Complaints

Distinguishing Between Unwelcome and Welcome Conduct

Distinguishing Between Unwelcome and Welcome Conduct

The filmmaker has denied the allegations, called them "a fashion to malign anyone".

In a statement on Twitter, Khan said he is "stepping down" from his directorial post until he can "prove the truth". She pushed him and ran out crying.

Farah's response came hours after one actor, Saloni Chopra, alleged how Sajid had routinely sexually harassed and mentally tortured her. She further said, "said 'I'm ready to parade your office in a bikini, but not at home". "If you're going to complain the avenue is still open", she said, adding that "anger at sexual molestation never goes away". This led to Askahy Kumar issuing a strong statement, asking the producer of Housefull 4 to cancel the film's shooting.

Farhan Akhtar, Sajid's cousin, has also expressed "shock" and "disappointment" over the allegations. Farah tweeted, "This is a heartbreaking time for my family".

The minister also said that the ministry had set up a dedicated online portal "She-Box" where women can report grievances pertaining to sexual harassment.

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Farhan Akhtar too spoke out on Twitter and said, "I can not adequately stress how shocked, disappointed and heartbroken I am to read the stories about Sajid's behaviour". Everyone knows I dissociated from the film for exactly this reason. Mogul was supposed to be directed by Subhash Kapoor who is accused for sexually harassing actress Geetika Tyagi.

An IndiaSpend article indicated that there was a 51 percent rise in the reporting of workplace sexual harassment (at places related to work) from 469 to 715 cases in 2015. "It means any stakeholder can come and depose before the committee if they want to", the official added. "And I told you mine so that more people can believe you and stop making women look like attention seekers". And this speaks to a larger systemic issue of toxic environments that harbour the culture of silence, make women's voices invisible and put men's reputations before women's rights to safe redressal. Alas, this #MeToo movement was definitely in the fates of Bollywood industry.

YourStory spoke to Janice Sequeira, a former film journalist with Times Now. According to Oxfam, 17 percent of women in both formal and informal sectors faced sexual harassment at work in India.

Nana Patekar has been accused of sexual harassment by actress Tanushree Dutta, who revealed her ordeal in an interview to Zoom at the end of September 2018. "Probably then a #MeToo will start from the top of the industry". Women can also mail at min-wcd@nic.in or tweet at #HelpMeWCD and the ministry will take up the complaints with the authorities concerned. Actors such as Kalki Koechlin, Swara Bhaskar, Tisca Chopra, Rakhi Sawant, and Maushami Udeshi have been speaking out against casting couch in Bollywood, even before the #MeToo movement.

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