Last year, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi had written to leading production houses in Bollywood urging them to comply with India’s 2013 sexual harassment Act (at the workplace). The move follows last year’s #MeToo movement after allegations of sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein came to the limelight.
Maneka Gandhi had urged the production houses to form anti-sexual harassment cells to deal with complaints raised by women at the workplace. Several production houses had complied, and many more are in the process of forming one.
Recently, Maneka Gandhi asked Bollywood production houses to submit reports of sexual harassment received by the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) set up by them.
It is encouraging to know that 7 #Bollywood production houses have already accepted my request & complied with the #SexualHarassmentAtWorkplace Act. I expect the other producers to ensure similar compliance at the earliest. 1/2 #SafeWorkplace4Women https://t.co/QDZQQZdVt8 pic.twitter.com/nnt4rxs26E
— Maneka Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) July 16, 2018
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“As responsible employers, all are obliged to follow law of the land. I urge the Bollywood production houses to do so and submit a report on the Internal Complaints Committee set up by them. Together, we need to ensure a safe workplace for our women,” Gandhi tweeted.