The Women in Cinema Collective on Wednesday moved the Kerala High Court against the state government and various film bodies in Malayalam cinema for not implementing the regulations under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
In a statement, the WCC has alleged that the Malayalam film industry has not benefited from the PoSH Act due to the noncompliance of the film organisations with the law.
“It is important to note that the women’s committees currently instituted by AMMA & FEFKA do not meet the requirements laid down by law. So, in an attempt to draw all industry bodies and individuals towards compliance with the PoSH Act, WCC has filed a PIL at the High court of Kerala, Ernakulam,” said WCC.
The respondents include the State of Kerala, Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce, Kerala Film Producers Association, Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA), Malayalam Cinema Technicians Association (MACTA), Kerala Film Distributors Association and Central Board of Film Certification, said the statement.
“We believe that the entire film fraternity needs to come together to achieve compliance with the law of the land by establishing an industry code of conduct and creating pioneering systems and checks in coordination with the Government,” the WCC added.
We believe that taking this integrated step forward as an industry will help us create a work culture that assures safety for women – thereby creating equal space and equal opportunities for all. #PIL #WCC #KeralaHighCourt pic.twitter.com/TNtPwkXghs
— WCC (@WCC_Cinema) October 24, 2018
The Women in Cinema Collective’s move comes days after it announced an open revolt against the all-powerful Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) and its star-spangled leadership for its perceived inability to take action against actor Dileep, who has been named as the eighth accused in a sexual assault case.
Dileep has been accused of masterminding the kidnapping and sexual assault of a female actor to settle his personal scores. AMMA, however, has demonstrated its reluctance to distance itself from the accused even as it came under heavy fire.
In a recent press conference, the members of WCC accused AMMA office bearers of siding with the accused and not doing enough to protect the interests of the survivor.
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