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Film Production Units Have To Form Internal Complaints Committee Under Posh Act : Kerala High Court Orders In Women In Cinema Commission's Plea

Lawstreet Journal 20 Mar 2022 6:04am

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On March 17 , 2022 , the Kerala High Court observed that the film production units must organise an internal Complaints Committee under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, generally known as the POSH Act. 

The Court also ruled that other connected organisations with more than 10 employees, such as the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) and the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce, should have an Internal Complaints Committee  as required by law. 

In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) for the establishment of a grievance redressal mechanism in the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), the body of Malayalam movie actors, the Court issued an order regarding the prevention of sexual harassment of women.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly also recorded that Association of Malayalam Movie Artists ( AMMA) has volunteered to constitute an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and added that  if AMMA constitutes an ICC as undertaken the same shall be in accordance with the provisions of the POSH Act.

 “We also make it clear that any organisations, establishments, private institutions are employing workers whether for wages or not in contemplation of the provisions of the Act, 2013 coming under the definition of employer, employee and workplace, they are duty bound to constitute an Internal Complaints Committee.”



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