Monday, 2 November 2015
Delhi Photography Festival: A Statement
It's good to see that Delhi Photography Festival ( which is currently underway )has put this statement up regarding harassment, so providing a postive response to numerous complaints and providing a possible course of action against predatory sleazebags.
Hopefully others will do the same. The alternative is apparent in the scene from Chak de India (surely the greatest hockey scene ever made). It's quite a tempting alternative, but you know, non-violence is always better.
DPF is committed to maintaining a positive, safe and productive working environment for all during the course of its daily work, lectures, workshops, meetings, festivals and other events. The organization does not tolerate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by anyone that harasses, disrupts or interferes with another's work or that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment; irrespective of where such harassment is alleged to have taken place, so long as it pertains to a DPF activity. Sexually harassing or offensive conduct in our workplace, whether committed by members or DPF or visiting nonmembers is explicitly prohibited.
“Sexual harassment” includes any one or more of the following unwelcome acts or behaviour (whether directly or by implication) namely; physical contact and advances; or a demand or request for sexual favours; or making sexually coloured remarks' or any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non verbal conduct of sexual nature.
In the event of an unfortunate incident of the above nature, we commit to provide an immediate access to grievance addressal. The DPF secretariat has a designated anti harassment committee comprising of two females and one male member who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org