WCC slams Mohanlal, AMMA in rape case
THE Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) on Saturday came out against AMMA, the Malayalam actors’ association, alleging that the association openly continued to support the accused actor in the infamous actress-assault-rape case, while sidelining the actress who survived the sexual assault.
In a press conference here on Saturday, the WCC members levelled serious allegations against AMMA and its president and actor Mohanlal.
“She is being denied justice. The executive committee of AMMA was trying to cover up the issue with fake promises and fooling the public and those who are fighting for justice. They are raising arguments against the survivor. In one of the meetings, they even raised personal issues they had with the survivor. They won’t be able to hide the truth for long,” said Parvathy Thiruvoth, actress and WCC member.
The WCC alleged that the executive committee was twisting AMMA’s bylaws to protect the accused actor.
“This shows thriving misogyny in the film industry and AMMA is trying to protect the accused. It seems AMMA has a lot to hide and still there is no proper grievance redressal system in that organisation,” said actress Padmapriya.
“This is not a fight against AMMA or any individual. This is against those in power who are reluctant to do anything to give justice to the survivor of such a heinous crime. The association has actors who are loved across the state and have huge fan following. Don’t they have social responsibility? What if this happens again?” asked actress Revathy.
The WCC has come out again on the issue after actor Mohanlal has said that only the general body of AMMA has the power to initiate disciplinary action against any member.
“Raising this point, Mohanlal practically dismissed a letter sent by WCC raising their objections and concerns on the steps initiated to expel him from the association,” alleged all the WCC members.
(from left) Members of WCC and AMMA: Actors Padmapriya, Parvathi, Revathy and Ramya Nambeesan at presscon in Kochi on Saturday |