A group of men allegedly attacked the car of actress Tanushree Dutta just because she refused to dance with co-actor Nana Patekar who made her feel uncomfortable on the sets of a film a decade ago. The video has been splashed all over our TV screens by news channels and on our smartphone screens by social media.
The fact that this could happen to any new artists signing up or a former Miss India and champion of women’s empowerment, and the fact that nobody came out to support her then in 2008 or now ten years later makes me sick!
We have all heard stories of sexual harassment in Bollywood but the silence on this issue by the industry’s bigwigs is deafening!
Sign my petition asking Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment to take a stand against sexual harassment by making their Internal Policy and Committee on Anti-Sexual Harassment public.
As the #MeToo movement gathers steam in India with more and more women coming out and naming their abusers, we now know that the Indian film industry is truly unsafe for women.
Lakhs of women work in the Indian film industry. It is time that Bollywood stands up for what is right and takes a strong step against sexual harassment.
In early 2018, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi had instructed all Bollywood studios to comply with the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013 and set up committees to hear complaints.
That’s why I was shocked to read this headline, “How Many Bollywood Studios Have Anti Sexual Harassment Committees? Only a handful of production houses responded to HuffPost’s query asking if committees to report harassment had been formed.
In the same article it says, “Only seven (out of 17) production houses confirmed they have anti-sexual harassment cells. Five shared specific information while the 2 declined to reveal details about the people heading these committees. The rest did not reply.”
Only 7 out of 17!! This is unacceptable!
It’s time to change this. And who better than the Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan who owns production house Red Chillies Entertainment to lead the way and set a strong precedent.
Sign my petition asking Red Chillies Entertainment to make public the internal committee and internal policy it has in place, as per our laws, to address cases of sexual harassment.
Red Chillies Entertainment has given us some of the biggest hits in recent years. From Student of the Year and Chennai Express to Dear Zindagi, Raees and When Harry Met Sejal.
As a fan of Shah Rukh Khan, I would like to feel assured that the films that I love watching do not endorse the sexual harassment of any employee…. like what Tanushree Dutta went through on the sets of a film by another production house in 2008.