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Two Mumbai lawyers to help #MeToo victims seek legal redressel

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Two eminent Mumbai-based lawyers, and Vaibhav Krishnan, have volunteered to provide legal aid to victims of and assault, without charging any fee.

Several commentators have said that the #MeToo movement would fizzle out unless legal recourse is taken by or on behalf of women who have spoken up. Judicial redress may now be available for many of these women.

Meanwhile, the (IFTDA) has issued notices to all the directors who have been named by women for or assault.

Ashoke Pandit, of IFTDA said notices had been sent to the accused filmmakers, including Khan and Vikas Bahl, seeking their response withi ten days. If they do not respond, their names would be placed on the 'non-ccoperation list, following which the women could approach the two lawyers who have come forward to provide legal help, he added.

IFTDA could not send a notice to since he was an and not a director, Pandit said.

He also said: "Unfortunately our organization cannot punish the guilty legally. We can only ask for a boycott of the accused. In this context we're very happy that Khan has been sent on leave from his directorial job in House Full 4. By doing this, and (producer) Nadiadwala have set the right tone for the MeToo movement in "

Two of the victims at the receiving end of Sajid Khan's alleged actions -- and -- have narrated their stories to the IFTDA.

Pandit said that "it shook us to hear them talk about their experiences. No woman in any workplace should be subjected to this behaviour. There are serial predators in the film industry whom we've identified. I want them to know their time is up. We have two of the finest lawyers in the country to make sure they pay for their perversity."



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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 17:18 IST