Not obliged to publish Hema Commission report, says Women's Commission

Kozhikode: Kerala Women's Commission chairperson P Sathidevi on Sunday said that there is no need to publish the Justice Hema Commission report. She was speaking to the media after meeting the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) members at the PWD Guest House here.

The first Pinarayi Vijayan government formed the Hema Commission to study the gender issues in the film industry in the state. Secrecy of the statements given to the commission is said to be one of the reasons why the report was shelved. However, there is no clarity on this.

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Sathidevi said the report was prepared by a 'committee' and not 'commission' based on the Commissions of Inquiry Act.

"I spoke to the Minister of Culture regarding publishing the report. He said the government is not obliged to publish it as the committee was not formed based on the Commissions of Inquiry Act. The industry needs to be regulated. All production companies must form Internal Complaints Committee. New women entering the industry must feel safe to do so," Sathidevi said.

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She added that the government has assured action based on the report.

The Commission was formed after WCC submitted a request to the chief minister after their colleague was sexually assaulted in 2017. The report was submitted in 2020.

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