The Indian Film &Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) has suspended television anchor turned filmmaker Sajid Khan for one year from filmmaking. During this period, Khan will not be allowed to direct films in any format.
The IFTDA declares, “We have seriously taken the sexual harassment complaints of Ms. Rachel White, Actor, Ms. Karishma Upadhyay, Journalist, Ms Simran Suri, Actor, Ms. Saloni Chopra, Actor. The Committee investigated the complaints in the spirit of POSH Act and in compliance of principles of natural justice, equity and fair play. The allegations in the complaints are serious instances of sexual harassment, unwelcome sexually determined behaviour, and unwarranted contact by poking and advances, demands for sexual favours and abuse of power by Sajid Khan. Mr. Sajid Khan was given the opportunity to put forth his defence. He did not give any explanation, response or defense to the allegations of sexual harassment, unwanted physical contact, unwelcome sexually determined behaviour, poking at the girls and asking the girls to seduce or strip or to show cleavage and other sexual misconduct and thereby traumatized them mentally and emotionally. Mr. Sajid Khan did not accept the sexual molestation of the complainants but admitted that his behaviour and language was impolite, he had been brash and used abusive language with his friends, which included boys and girls. He admitted that he had sex relations with girls, but with their consent.”
Speaking on behalf of IFTDA, their investigator Ashoke Pandit says, “We’ve implemented the optimum punishment within the legal parameters. Some of the best legal and intellectual minds have been consulted. But, we feel that the final decision to work or not work with Sajid Khan or any other alleged offender lies with the filmmakers. It is more a moral than a legal issue. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala acted swiftly and correctly against Sajid Khan, sacked him from Housefull 4 in spite of his close relations with Sajid’s sister Farah Khan. It is up the rest of the industry how they want to take this forward. We at IFTDA have done what we could.”
Read the official release from IFTDA:
— Iftda India (@DirectorsIFTDA) December 12, 2018
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