Take proper steps to alleged sexual harassment at Minerva Repertory theater workshop
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This is in reference to the case of alleged sexual harassment done by Premangshu Roy, one of the mentors in the theater workshop organised by Minerva Repertory at Rabindra Bhawan, Burdwan, between 8th and 12th of October, 2017. A bunch a participants of the said workshop reported about the extreme humiliation, consent violation, and sexual harassment done to them by Roy during the tenure of the workshop, via a Facebook live video. Roy has been alleged of using filthy language, asking indecent sexual favours, coming to the rehearsals drunk, misbehaving with the candidates, asking the female participants to come down to his room in the ungodly hours of the night. Roy had also mentioned to the participants that he's in close connection with the people in the government, and speaking up against him may lead to dire consequences. The entire theater fraternity strongly condemned the henious acts of Roy, and staged a protest on 13th of October, 2017. On 14th October, 2017, a complaint has been lodged by Panchali Kar at Burdwan PS, followed by another complaint by Partha Pratim Basu, who's one of the participants of the said workshop. 5 days has passed after the complaint has been lodged, neither the complaints have been transformed into a First Information Report, nor any significant progress has been observed in accordance with the progress of the investigation. Meanwhile Roy's proximity to power has been evidently established from the statement by a minister of the government, who instead of asking for a neutral investigation, has declared that Roy has been falsely accused because of his closeness to the minister; with this power privilege, Roy is roaming free and trying to influence and threaten the victims so that they don't go ahead with this case. The victims who were ready to speak up against Roy, changed their statement within a span of a few hours under immense pressure subjected to them from Roy and the authority's side. Under such circumstances, we put forward the following demands:
1. Investigation must start at the soonest, based on the evidences available online, and the complaints lodged by Panchali Kar and Partha Pratim Basu.
2. Premangshu Roy must be arrested immediately, so that he can't use his power dynamics to threaten/ influence the victims
3. An investigation committee must be formed following Visakha Guidelines, wherein the victims get a chance to speak up and share first hand information the harassment they have been through.
4. The people in power must stop backing up and standing up in favour of Premangshu Roy due to their personal connections, and wait for the law to decide whether he's guilty of the alleged crime or not
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