More reputed film personalities came out in public on Saturday, condemning the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists’ (AMMA) move to re-induct rape accused Dileep into the actors’ body.
Asserting their support for the survivor, a leading female actor in the south Indian film industry who was allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted while she was travelling in a car near Kochi in 2017 February, around 100 directors, artists, and technicians, from the industry, have called to question the actions of AMMA office bearers and demanded that the public representatives who are part of the body, step down.
“Our colleague is not a victim. She is a woman who survived physical, sexual and mental abuse, and became a role model to the society. She was a member of AMMA. Yet the same association failed to take action against the accused,” the statement said.
“If the politicians elected by the general public and who are part of AMMA, continue in the organization despite it taking an anti-women stance, it would mean that they support it. Instead, if they do not endorse AMMA’s stand, we hope that they will voluntarily step down and fulfill their social responsibility to the general public and the women who elected them,” the statement reads.
The statement has been signed by State Award-winning actor Vinayakan, WCC members Vidhu Vincent, Revathy, Parvathy, Padmapriya, actor, and writer P Balachandran, actor Sajitha Madathil, ace directors Aashiq Abu, Rajeev Ravi, Dileesh Pothan, Anwar Rasheed and Amal Neerad, among 100 signatories.
Kollam MLA Mukesh Kumar, Pathanapuram MLA Ganesh Kumar, and Left MP Innocent hold a various position in the association.
AMMA in its first annual general body meeting after Dileep’s arrest revoked his suspension and welcomed him back with open arms. It was done under the benign gaze of Mohanlal, who was newly elected as president.
The statement also talks about AMMA’s stand on the complaint filed by the survivor against actor Dileep with the organization a few years ago for allegedly ensuring that she was denied opportunities in the industry.
Earlier, four leading women actors, including the survivor, had resigned from the association, protesting the decision of its general body to re-admit Dileep, an accused in the case.