Sexual Harassment has been a topic of discussion since inception. Many people have become a victim, especially women. Be it in the office or outdoors, this issue can't be ignored. However, recently, the Screenwriters Association (SWA) and Cine and Television Artistes Association (CINTAA) have joined hands to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in order to resolve the problems of the members who face issues in the line of work, including sexual harassment. Both the organisations thought that the need of this association is much need after Alok Nath's refusal to respond to Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA), following writer-director Vinta Nanda after an allegation of rape in #MeToo Movement.
While talking to Mumbai Mirror, Sushant Singh, general secretary, CINTAA, talked about the associations that can work more effectively together in the future. “With a lot of members from both CINTAA and SWA turning producers, there are chances of conflict. The idea is for both associations to form joint committees to address complaints. Together, have more power, be respected and feared more.”
Sunil Salgia, general secretary, SWA, added that the MOU will address all violations, be it sexual harassment, copyright, payment or breach of contract. “The idea is to fight and take action. The MOU will compel members to attend hearings or else they couldn’t expect cooperation in case of a personal grievance,” he concluded.
Now that they have started an effective initiative in the TV industry, we hope to see a significant change in the future as well.
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