Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) and Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) – the two film bodies have decided to take strong action against jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and cancelled his membership.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years’ rigorous imprisonment by a CBI special court on 28 August. He was punished for the rape of two female disciples and has been lodged up in Rohtak jail since.
IFTDA cancelled the membership of Dera chief and his aide Honeypreet Kaur. It will bar them from making any movies in future. The proclamation was made by the organisation’s president, Ashoke Pandit.
“Ram Rahim cannot work in the Indian film and television industry anymore. His membership has been cancelled by the IFTDA. The decision was taken yesterday (Friday) evening,” Pandit told HT. Pandit said the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPAA) is even contemplating terminating Ram Rahim’s membership from Monday.
“We are organisations of creative and dignified people. We can’t have a goon or criminal amongst us. The law has taken a hard stand on him and considering how many people died in Haryana due to his manipulation…,” he said on Rahim’s ouster from IFTDA.
In the meantime, CINTAA on Saturday unanimously decided to terminate the work permit of rape convict. It terminated it with immediate effect on the grounds of criminality.