Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) has sent a show cause notice to filmmaker Vikas Bahl who has been accused of sexually harassing a Phantom Films crew. In the notice, they have asked Vikas to respond within a week, failing which, his membership will be terminated. Also Read - Payal Ghosh, Who Accused Kashyap, Takes Jibe at Friend Irfan Pathan For Being Silent in Sexual Harassment Case
“IFTDA has taken a stern stand against Vikas Bahl by issuing a show cause notice and asked him to respond within one week’s time, failing which his membership will be terminated,” the statement read. Also Read - Ludo Trailer Out: Anurag Kashyap Directorial is Impressive, Quirky Dialogues And Lots of Confusion Makes It a Worth Watch
IFTDA said it has immediately set up a women grievances redressal cell. The three members all women committee will be headed by celebrated TV and film director Swapna Waghmare Joshi as the chairperson, Bhavna Talwar as convenor and Priyanka Ghatak as the co-convenor. This will be supported by the entire executive committee of IFTDA. Also Read - Payal Ghosh Now Tags PM Modi to Say That 'Mafia Gang' Will Kill Her And Prove Her Death as Suicide
“This is being done to create a safe place for its women professionals and will only be strengthened when directors and production houses pledge to work for the government-sanctioned POSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace) guidelines. This will only lead to the creation of confidence among not only the experienced seniors but the posterity of female professionals who are planning to enter the industry in the future,” the statement read.
The Producers Guild of India also extended its support “to the movement to call out and report sexual harassment and abuse whenever and wherever it occurs in our industry”.
“We believe that there is an urgent need to set up a robust process to ensure the highest standards of safety for employees and crew members at the workplace – whether in offices or on sets of productions. We are instituting a committee within the Guild to lead this effort, and we are determined to stay the course till workplaces in the industry are safe spaces for everyone,” the statement read.
The allegation was made against Bahl by one of the Phantom Films crew members. The woman opened up about the incident to HuffPost and talked about how Bahl had masturbated on her back after a party in Goa, prior to the release of the film Bombay Velvet (2015).
(With inputs from PTI)