Kochi: In the wake of the alleged abduction and harassment of a young actress, a meeting of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) held in Kochi on Tuesday sought concrete measures to ensure safety of female artistes in the industry.
Observing that the safety of women artistes is a major concern, the meeting urged those concerned to take efforts to avoid female artistes traveling alone during the day and at night.
A decision has also been taken to stand behind the victim and provide legal assistance to her. The meeting, attended by the association’s core committee members, also decided to extend full support to the ongoing police investigation.
Active participation of the Kerala Film Producers' Association and the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) will be sought in the coordinated efforts to ensure safety of the artistes. The office-bearers of both the associations will be notified of the decision.
The meeting has suggested mandatory police verification for any person appointed to work in the industry.
The meeting also discussed the ongoing investigation into the incident. It was decided to convene another meeting to take a call on the future course of action, if there is a delay in nabbing the culprits.
There were unconfirmed reports that a prominent actor expressed his anger and deep distress at the meeting over the social media-fuelled rumors linking him to the attack on the actress.
The core committee meeting of the associations representing producers, distributors and theater owners will be held on Wednesday. The meeting is expected to discuss the alleged criminalization of the industry. FEFKA, the union of film technicians, is also expected to meet soon.