Actor Ayushmann Khurrana has supported the #MeToo movement by saying that men should understand what consent is.
“The #MeToo movement is a good movement, but at the same time, I feel both parties should be given equal opportunities to share their account and to prove their innocence. Having said that, I feel women should be respected and they shouldn’t be harassed,” Khurrana said.
“There should be stringent rules at every workplace. It is not only about workplace, but I think that the code of conduct should be followed in every sphere of society, be it our family or where we live,” he added.
Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has announced the formation of a committee of four retired judges and a lawyer to examine all issues emanating from the #MeToo movement in the country.
Actors such as Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan have also taken a firm stand against colleagues who have been accused in sexual harassment cases.
Asked whether these kind of measures are necessary to curb harassment at the workplace, Khurrana said: “I think we should have taken these measures a long time ago, but whatever measures we have taken are absolutely correct.
“Women should feel safe whether it’s in journalism or sometimes we go to shoot, our films are in outdoor locations. We shoot there till late nights and not a single woman should feel unsafe there and men should understand what consent is and without that, you cannot do anything to anyone.
“No one can touch other person without his or her consent and if anyone does that, then strict action should be taken against that individual.”
The #MeToo movement gained momentum in India after actress Tanushree Dutta revisited her harassment accusations against veteran actor Nana Patekar.