It seems like due to the impact of #MeToo movement, things will soon change for good in the days to come. Lately, the movement has gained momentum in the country with some of the biggest names in Bollywood been dragged and exposed in the controversy. Not just folks in the entertainment industry, people from all walks of life have also come out to join the movement in naming and shaming the people who sexually abused or misbehaved with them. Well, working to tackle the issue in the entertainment industry is Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA).
Taking the issue seriously and working to address it, Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) reportedly said the organization is setting up committees to tackle sexual harassment in the industry.
According to the reports, the committee will have actors Swara Bhaskar and Raveena Tandon, among others as members.
Sushant Singh, general secretary, CINTAA, reportedly said the organization is collaborating with several people to eliminate the issue. It is said that actor Renuka Shahane, filmmaker Amol Gupte, journalist Bharti Dubey, PoSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) lawyers, and psychologists will also be part of the committee.
Meanwhile, Sushant Singh reportedly told the concept of the formation of the committee, mentioning Swara in particular as to why she deserved to be as a member. In his own words:
“Swara Bhaskar approached us, she is a member. She was working on this issue independently, very methodically. When we met her we realized 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 counseling sessions, awareness workshops, and symposiums will be held.”
Speaking on the issue and the way to address it, Sushant Singh said the organization is aiming to make the committee so robust that the industry refuses to work with proven offenders.
“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.”
Well, let’s wait and see how things will unfold in the days to come after all this happened in the wake of the #MeToo movement in India.