Bollywood filmmaker, Sajid Khan was accused of sexual harassment by various women. He has now been suspended for one year by the Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA). The announcement was made after the PoSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) Investigation Closure of December 7, 2018. A copy of the letter was sent to Sajid Khan in the evening on Tuesday. His membership will be again reviewed after a year. IFTDA member and a member of the organization, Shrabani Deodhar said,
“IFTDA's ICC had marathon meetings and have come to the conclusion of canceling Sajid Khan's membership for one year, which will be revived after the completion of that period.”
Saloni Chopra, Rachel White, Simran Suri, and journalist Karishma Upadhyay were among the women who reported sexual harassment at the hands of the filmmaker. Advocate Mrunalini Deshmukh said,
“We cannot recommend that someone's right to livelihood be snatched away for life. It was not a legal trial and neither were we led by evidence or witnesses like it is in the court of law. This was a redressal committee set up by the association of directors. We spoke to both the parties involved and tried to get prima facie understanding of the matter. The outcome should be seen as a deterrent for those riding a high horse, living in ivory towers and thinking that they can get away with any wrongful behavior because they enjoy a position of power”
Deshmukh also said that the movement for the good of a larger group of people has to be carried out responsibly and seriously. She said,
“In this scenario, women cannot be permitted to make the #MeTooIndia movement frivolous by doing things to settle scores or to gain five minutes of fame. A larger responsibility lies on them to lead this movement correctly. The act, law, principle and the movement are good but for sustaining them well, women have to also act responsibly”.
She also said that the copies of Sajid’s suspension have been shared with the Federation of Western India Cine Employees, the parent body of all the art including filmmaking. Sajid was in the middle of shooting for Housefull 4 when the allegations were made against him. Gradually he stepped down as the director when things got very serious.