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Emraan Hashmi includes anti-sexual harassment clauses in his company's employment contract

The actor stated that 'a universal moral code on a film set is the need of the hour'. 

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As the complaints and voices of #MeToo grow, production houses are seeking to create steps to counter any further instances of sexual harassment and abuse against women on film sets.

Actor Emraan Hashmi has announced that his company, Emran Hashmi Films, will now institute anti-sexual harassment clauses in contracts for further films.

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, a tabloid, Hashmi said, "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 confirmed that the clauses would cater to the latest Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013.

The #MeToo movement in India, which technically kicked off with actress Tanushree Dutta's allegations on Nana Patekar's misbehaviour on the sets of the 2009 film, Horn Ok Pleassss, has only been growing. Actors like Alok Nath, Zulfi Syed, as well as singers Kailash Kher, Raghu Dixit, and filmmaker Rajat Kapoor are among the several accused of sexual misconduct.

Hashmi seemed to follow the line of several people who claim the movement has become almost vindictive against men.

"For some women, a mildly flirtatious remark could be tantamount to sexual harassment. Men are on tenterhooks because what is said in jest, can be misconstrued and one could be fried. In the circumstances, lying down 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," the report quoted Hashmi as saying.  

The actor also revealed that he always chooses to be clear with his female co-stars and has an open dialogue with them, the writer and director before enacting an intimate scene.

The actor-turned-producer also shared a statement on Twitter.

Hashmi will next be seen in Soumik Sen's Cheat India, which will be released on 25 January 2019.

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