Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday issued an order to formulate Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) in all film production houses as per the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. An ICC should be required for companies with more than ten employees, the Court noted.
In a case filed by Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) in 2018 seeking a directive to form an ICC in the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) to deal with sexual assault, a Division Bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly delivered the judgment. This occurred in the aftermath of the 2017 Actress Assault Case. AMMA has consented to form an ICC, and other relevant organisations such as the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA), Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce, and Malayalam Cine Technicians Association (MACTA) should also establish an ICC, according to the court.
The Kerala Women's Commission had previously notified the High Court that it had asked the state government to set up an Internal Complaints Committee for the Malayalam film industry and implement legislation to protect employers and employees.