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Nadigar Sangam to form panel for ‘safety’ of artists

Actor Vishal. File

Actor Vishal. File

Against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, the South Indian Artists Association (Nadigar Sangam) announced on Sunday that it would be setting up a committee to ensure the safety of theatre and cinema artists and to prevent gender-based harassment or threats at the workplace. In a statement, the association said it wanted the artists to work in a conducive environment.

‘Strong panel soon’

“We are taking this up seriously and are currently in discussions with the legal team for setting up a very strong committee. We want this committee to set an example of sorts,” said M. Nasser, president of the Nadigar Sangam, speaking to The Hindu.

When asked if the committee would be restricted to the members of the Nadigar Sangam or would cover other film associations and bodies, Mr. Nasser said that it was too early to comment on the same and said that they would decide on it at a later stage. “We, however, do acknowledge the need for the whole industry to have a committee like this and redressal mechanisms in place. Through the committee, we will try and protect women working as a part of our industry in any corner of the world and hope that it brings about a big change,” he added.

As a part of the #MeToo movement, a few women from the Tamil film fraternity have come out and shared their stories of alleged harassmen. In response to this, actor Vishal had earlier said that the Nadigar Sangam had been considering forming an Internal Complaints Committee.


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