Maneka Gandhi Writes to Bollywood to Ensure Safe Environment for Women
Union Minister of Women & Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has written to leading Bollywood film production houses asking them to comply with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013 to provide a safe, secure and inclusive work environment for women.
Through this effort, Ministry of WCD will extend outreach and implementation of the Act to yet another section, a statement issued by the Ministry said.
The Minister has personally written to Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Bhushan Kumar, Ekta Kapoor, Vinod Chopra, Mahesh Bhatt, Shahrukh Khan, Sooraj Barjatya Bhavana, Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Anil Dhirubhai Ambani, Ajit Andhare, Sajid Nadiadwala, Vijay Singh, NP Singh, Aamir Khan, Shobu Yarlagadda, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Manish Mundra, Pritish Nandy, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Subhash Ghai.
Mrs Gandhi said that as leaders of their organisations, they are ethically and legally accountable for the safety of not only their direct employees, but of all outsourced and temporary staff as well.
On November 7, Mrs Gandhi had launchedan online complaint management system titled Sexual Harassment electronic–Box (SHe-Box) for registering complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace. The complaint management system has been developed to ensure the effective implementation of the SH Act, 2013. This portal is an initiative to provide a platform to working women to file complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace under the SH Act. Those who had already filed a written complaint with the concerned ICC constituted under the SH Act are also eligible to file their complaint through this portal.
Late last month, Mrs Gandhi had tweeted, thanking Mr Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs, for considering Ministry WCD’s request to amend relevant rules under the Companies Act, 2013, for women’s safety. The amendment would ensure that the Board of Directors of all companies duly report on the constitution of complaints committee under the Act.