#MeToo: Chennai sabhas constitute ICC against sexual harassment of performing artistes

To be headed by a woman, the Internal Complaints Committee will have five members and will be enlarged by including members from the dance and drama fields in the future.

Updated - October 29, 2018 04:48 pm IST

Published - October 29, 2018 04:31 pm IST - Chennai

Carnatic vocalist Sudha Ragunathan will be a member of the Internal Complaints Committee, newly set up by Federation of City Sabhas

Carnatic vocalist Sudha Ragunathan will be a member of the Internal Complaints Committee, newly set up by Federation of City Sabhas

The Federation of City Sabhas has constituted an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to receive complaints of sexual harassment from any performing artiste in the field of music, dance or drama. Complaints could also be given to ICC regarding any other person involved in the field of performing arts which shall be dealt according to the law.

The federation’s ICC, to be headed by a woman, will have five members and will be enlarged by including members from the dance and drama fields in the future.

The ICC will consist of Uma Ramanathan, advocate, Sudha Raghunathan, carnatic musician, Usha Dinesh, who has experience working on Tata Consultancy Services’s code of ethics, B. Vivekanand, medical specialist and R. Thara of the Schizophrenia Research Foundation.

Senior advocate Mohan Parasaran will be the advisor to the Federation.

Complaints can be forwarded to the Executive officer at icc@citysabhas.org .

The ICC has been formed as per the guidelines framed by the Supreme Court of India and in accordance with statutes including the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Rederessal) Act, 2013.

Last week, the Music Academy announced that it was debarring seven musicians from performing this season following sexual harassment charges being made against them as part of the #metoo movement.

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