The Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) has filed a Public Interest Litigation at the High Court of Kerala, for the implementation of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) Act 2013, for the protection of women at workplace. It was made compulsory in implementation throughout India.
“But in the Malayalam Film Industry we have not yet benefited from this legislation in any way. 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,” says the statement of WCC.
The respondents include 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.
“We believe it is important to uphold that legacy by introducing systems for safety of women as an integral objective of all industry bodies,” says WCC.