Maneka Gandhi urges Bollywood to ensure safe workplaces for women
Aimed to ensure a safe working environment for the women employed in the Hindi film industry, the move comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, that has exposed the rampant sexual exploitation prevalent in Hollywood.
When Maneka Gandhi wrote to top Bollywood producers
All filmmakers 'ethically and legally' accountable to ensure women safety
She asked them to implement the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition Redressal) Act, 2013, on war footing.
As leaders of their studios, she notified that they were "ethically and legally accountable" to provide a safe and inclusive workplace to all their staff.
What is Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013?
According to the Act, it's every woman's human right to work with dignity, practise any profession or occupation, and have a safe work environment free from sexual harassment.
It also makes it mandatory to have systems in place to ensure female employees across sectors are entitled to all of the above.
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Maneka Gandhi writes to top filmmakers on workplace sexual harassment
Smt. @ManekaGandhiBJP writes to leading film production houses to comply with the #SexualHarassmentAtWorkplace Act to provide a safe, secure & inclusive work environment for women in #Bollywood. pic.twitter.com/mwG7UHIksD— Ministry of WCD (@MinistryWCD) December 13, 2017
Safe working environment is every woman's right, says Maneka Gandhi
According to PTI reports, the letter stated: "The aim of this law is to ensure that no woman is sexually harassed at her workplace. This is to be followed in letter and spirit by all organizations in the country."
"I expect you to personally lead these efforts with sincerity and commitment, in accordance with all the applicable laws," it added.
All firms to have an internal complaints committee
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently agreed to Gandhi's request to amend the Companies Act, 2013, making it compulsory for all firms to constitute an internal complaints committee for reporting sexual harassment at work.
The government had last month launched SHe-Box - an online portal for its employees to lodge complaints of sexual misconduct.