Women de­serve ben­e­fit of doubt: Fardeen Khan

Khaleej Times - City Times - - YOUR DAILY DOSE OF BOLLYWOOD -

FARDEEN KHAN HAS come for­ward to sup­port the #Metoo cam­paign by say­ing that women who are ac­cus­ing men of sex­ual ha­rass­ment de­serve the ben­e­fit of the doubt. How­ever he also said that proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion needs to be done as it can de­stroy the ca­reer and life of an in­di­vid­ual.

Fardeen was in­ter­act­ing with the me­dia when he at­tended his cousin sis­ter, de­signer Farah Khan’s new col­lec­tion launch at her de­signer store along with Bhagyashee Pat­ward­han­dasani, Sus­sanne Khan, Zayed Khan and Kanika Kapoor in Mum­bai.

Fardeen has worked with Sa­jid Khan in his di­rec­to­rial de­but Heyy Babyy and now the film­maker has been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by Rachel White, Saloni Cho­pra and jour­nal­ist Kar­ishma Upad­hyay.

Re­act­ing to the #Metoo move­ment in In­dia, Fardeen said, “This is a world­wide phe­nom­e­non that has been go­ing on. Women in this sit­u­a­tion are ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble. I do be­lieve that they de­serve the ben­e­fit of the doubt, at the same time I don’t be­lieve that mak­ing al­le­ga­tions against some­one au­to­mat­i­cally proves that he is guilty so there has to be process.

“It’s a very com­pli­cated and se­ri­ous is­sue and any al­le­ga­tions of this na­ture need to be taken very se­ri­ously. Also, there has to be a process where both par­ties to be heard with­out pre­con­ceived no­tions be­cause things like this can de­stroy lives and ca­reers and if there is any truth to it then the con­cerned in­di­vid­ual should get jus­tice.”

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