WCC slams Mo­han­lal, AMMA in rape case

Sunday Express - - TAMIL NADU / SOUTH -

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.

MEL­TON ANTONY

(from left) Mem­bers of WCC and AMMA: Ac­tors Padmapriya, Par­vathi, Re­vathy and Ramya Nam­beesan at press­con in Kochi on Satur­day |

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