A rookie Malayalam filmmaker has been arrested at the location of his debut film for repeatedly raping a woman under the guise of romance.
Liju Krishna, who is directing the upcoming Nivin Pauly and Manju Warrier-starring ”Padavettu”, was arrested on Sunday as filming for the movie was underway in his hometown Kannur.
Based on the complaint filed by the woman, who was allegedly associated with the film in various aspects of its making, a case was filed against Krishna last week and a local court remanded him into custody after police recorded his arrest the other day.
Relevant sections of the IPC, including rape and unnatural offences, were slapped against the filmmaker, police said.
According to the complaint, registered with Kakkanad Police, he repeatedly sexually abused the complainant in various locations for two years after befriending her on social media.
The survivor, via the Facebook page of Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), a pro-women organization in the Malayalam film industry, recently gave a detailed account of the physical, mental and professional torture she had to endure from from Krishna.
Alleging that she got pregnant and was forced to have an abortion, she also accused him of portraying the relationship as a consensual affair, which caused her ‘constant mental and physical stress’, destroying his self-esteem and his desire to continue living. .
”There was no official Grievance Redress (IC) cell in the production, where I could complain about the physical, mental and sexual abuse director Liju Krishna subjected me to for two years – putting emphasis on the assaults, so I tried to inform the film crew but to no avail,” the survivor added.
She also said that Krishna’s cruel and inhumane act of forcing physical and sexual acts on her without her consent caused her “great pain and mental anguish”.
Expressing its full support for her fight, the WCC said it stood with the survivor and commended her courage to speak out. Urging other film bodies to take serious note of the incident, he also called for his membership in all film bodies to be suspended and barred from working in the Malayalam film industry until the verdict.
The COE also reiterated the need for the immediate implementation of the Malayalam Film Productions POSH Act and a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment across the industry. Meanwhile, filming on ”Padavettu”, produced by actor Sunny Wayne, has been halted following developments.
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