Kochi: Kerala High Court has directed office-bearers of Association of Malayalam Movie Association (AMMA) to respond in two weeks on a petition filed by Women in Cinema Collective (WCC).
The ench headed by Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy directed AMMA to file an affidavit within 14 days. It passed the directives on a writ petition filed by WCC and actors Rima Kallingal and Padmapriya seeking a directive to AMMA, Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce, Kerala Film Producers’ Association, FEFKA, MACTA and the Kerala Film Distributors Association to constitute complaints committees under these associations.
The court on Monday asked AMMA to inform whether an in-house redressal committee had been formed in accordance with the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. The petitioners sought induction of an in-house grievance redressal cell at shooting locations. Petitioners also alleged that the current redressal committee in AMMA was not formed as per law which stipulates that all three members of the committee should be people belong to film industry.
But the in-house redressal committee formed by AMMA had a member outside the film industry, petitioners argued.