IFTDA suspends Sajid Khan's membership for a year

The decision was taken on Wednesday following the PoSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) Investigation Closure Report

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Sajid Khan was recently accused of harassing many women sexually and because of the same, the Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) has decided to suspend him for a year. The decision came on Wednesday, following the PoSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) Investigation Closure Report as of December 7, 2018.

As per the reports and recommendation, officials decided to cancel his membership for a period of one year with immediate effect and he was informed about the same on Tuesday evening.

Filmmaker and IFTDA member, Shrabani Deodhar, said, "IFTDA's ICC had marathon meetings and have come to the conclusion of cancelling Sajid Khan's membership for one year, which will be revived after the completion of that period."

Sharing her views, 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 a 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 behaviour because they enjoy a position of power. 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."

Four women - Saloni Chopra, Rachel White, Simran Suri and Karishma Upadhyay - accused Sajid of harassment. He also stepped down as the director of Housefull 4, when the allegations took a serious turn.

Sajid’s membership will be reviewed after a year.

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