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New law to fight crime in film industry

Kochi: With sexual abuse allegations rocking Malayalam film industry, Kerala government is working is all set to bring a law to deal with the issue.
The draft of the law is ready and the government is aiming to bring the law in force, Kerala Culture and Film minister Saji Cheriyan told reporters.
The government is going to hold talks with the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) with regards to forming the new law on May 4.
Saji said that there are enough laws to deal with the cases happening in the film industry.
The new law would further add teeth to existing laws, he said. With regards to the government’s reluctance in disclosing the Hema Commission report on the Malayalam film industry, he said Justice K Hema has directed not to disclose the report. The RTI has said that it should not be disclosed, he said.
Meanwhile, Law Minister P Rajeev said that the WCC was not in favour of publishing the report as it would harm the affected actors and others.
The WCC wanted to implement the recommendations of the commission. Since the commission was set on the basis of the Commission of Inquiry act 1952, it was not mandatory to table it in assembly, he said. The Commission was set up after an actor was abducted and assaulted in a car on February 17, 2017, in which actor Dileep is an accused. The report was submitted to the government in December 2019.

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