AMMA's ICC dismantled three months after its formation as it rejected the very first recommendation

Edavela Babu and Mohanlal | Mathrubhumi file photo

Kochi: The recently formed Internal Complaints Committee to look into the sexual harassment complaints within the organisation has come to a cease with the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) general body meeting on Sunday accepted the resignation of its three members.

The organisation had refused to implement the very first recommendation the ICC, to suspend actor Vijay Babu who was accused of sexual assault by an actor of a film he produced. The complaint was filed on April 22 and the ICC recommended the action on April 27.

Shweta Menon, Kukku Parameswaran

On May 1, the executive committee of AMMA neglected the ICC recommendation and accepted the letter of Vijay Babu and let him voluntarily stay away from the organisation. Following this, three members of the ICC quit.

The committee was formed only on March 15, 2022. Actor Shweta Menon was the presiding officer of the committee which was composed of actors Maala Parvathi, Kukku Parameswaran and Rachana Narayanankutty.

Of them, all but Rachana quit in early May, two months after the committee was formed. It may be noted that actor-producer Vijay Babu was present at Sunday's annual meet.

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AMMA office bearers at a press meet said that the association will no longer have an ICC. Another committee will be formed for the entire film industry and it will handle the complaints within the organisation, they claimed.

Maala Paevathy

The state government had recently convened a meeting to discuss the implementation of the recommendations of the Justice Hema Committee that studied the status of women in Malayalam film industry. The Hema committee was formed after the infamous actor abduction and sexual assault case of 2017, on the request of Women in Cinema Collective. However, the government is yet to release the contents of the report to the public or table the report in the Assembly.

It may be recalled that the Kerala High Court in March had asked film organisations to constitute a joint committee to deal with sexual harassment cases in line with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013.

As per Visakha guidelines of 1997 and the PoSH act of 2013, organisations and institutions are mandated to constitute ICCs.

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