The Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association has taken a firm stand against film director Sajid Khan following the sexual harassment allegations that were levelled against him. Sajid was accused by actors Saloni Chopra and Rachel White, and journalist Karishma Upadhyay of sexual harassment in separate incidents. IFTDA has now given him seven days to come up with an explanation for his alleged offensive behaviour. Also Read - Sajid Khan Opens up on Losing Wajid Khan, Says 'It's Like Losing a Piece of My Heart'
Saloni had revealed that Sajid abused her while she was working as his assistant director, while Rachel revealed that she was at house for a movie role when he asked her to seduce him in order to get the role. Journalist Karishma, who was invited for an interview to his sister Farah Khan’s house, revealed that Sajid grabbed her and forcibly kissed her. Also Read - Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Niece Opens Up on Family's Reaction, Says 'Your Mother Was Hindu, We Don't Trust You'
There has been a lot of hue and cry after the revelations of the three women, which has led the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association to take a hard stand against him. Also Read - Wajid Khan’s Family Thanks Doctors And Hospital Staff For Taking Care of Him in an Emotional Note
“Your lewd and obscene actions have brought disrepute to Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association. We, therefore, want an explanation from you for such offensive behaviour within seven days of receipt of the notice for further action as per the rules and regulations,” said the letter, signed by IFTDA president Ashoke Pandit.
Sajid is not the first to have been issued a notice for sexual misconduct, as earlier actor Alok Nath and director Vikas Bahl too were slammed by CINTAA and IFTDA after allegations of sexual harassment cropped up against them.
The Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association had taken a hard stand against Queen director Bahl for ‘outraging the modesty of his female colleague’ and condemned his ‘predatory behaviour’ against a female crew member.
With the #MeToo movement going on full swing, many stories have been coming out related to Bollywood stars and their abuse of power and sexual harassment.