Emraan Hashmi incorporates anti-sexual harassment clause in his company contracts

In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, actor Emraan Hashmi has now decided to include a clause incorporating the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace act in his employee and crew contracts (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) to safeguard women at their workplaces and forewarn men to not cross the line. Hashmi took to his official social media account to confirm this news, and released a statement regarding this development.

After multiple conversations with his lawyers and from his own experiences of discussing agreements with production houses through the course of his career, the actor took the decision to add a sexual harassment clause to his contracts, along with other necessary clauses, concerning confidentiality and termination.

Hashmi’s company - Emraan Hashmi Films was launched recently. The actor, who turns producer with the maiden venture - Cheat India [scheduled to release in 2019] stated, “Such clauses are already in contracts in several industries, including MNCs. No film production company has enforced it so far, but with the #MeToo movement that started a decade ago, picking up steam in the West last year and inching towards India, with someone being outed almost every hour on the social media, such clauses have become imperative. In my company at least, it will include both male and female cast and crew members.”

The actor and producer believes that having a universal moral code on a film set is the need of the hour. He quips, “In the given circumstances, having a universal moral code on the film set, dictated by the government’s guidelines, is the need of the hour. This will safeguard the interests of women and men will be forewarned so they don’t cross the line.”

Looking at the situation from a fair perspective, Hashmi further added that if there he added that while there are devious men, there are also devious women who might take this opportunity to settle scores. The actor said, “While it’s only right that the law favours a woman and protects her, there is need for some correction or revision, because with men could also be vulnerable."

He adds, ”In this scenario, the movement is a great start. It's our moral responsibility to protect women, who have been at the receiving end for way too long. But while most of the voices are speaking the truth, along with devious men, there are devious women with agendas too, who can use it against a man who has ticked them off in the past.”

Currently, Hashmi is filming for Cheat India, helmed by Soumik Sen. The film is set to release on January 25, 2019.

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