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Monday, 20 June 2016 - 12:29
Tamil Nadu High Court Refers Tamil Feature Film Porkalathil Oru Poo For Mediation
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Porkalathil Oru Poo is on the alleged rape and murder of a newsreader of LTTE-controlled TV channel in Sri Lanka during the Eelam war.

The Madras High Court has suggested the maker of the Tamil feature film on the alleged rape and murder of a newsreader of LTTE-controlled TV channel in Sri Lanka during the war to go for mediation with her family members.

'Porkalathil Oru Poo' (A Flower in Battlefield), directed by K Ganeshan, apparently deals with the life of a television journalist, Isaipriya, who read news and anchored programmes in LTTE-run television and was killed during the last phase of the war.

After the Central Board of Film Certification refused clearance for its screening, and the decision was upheld by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal as well, the director moved the court seeking permission for public screening of the film.

Counsels S Duraisamy and V Elangovan argued that the film merely portrayed what had happened during the 'Eelam war' and that stopping its release would amount to curtailing the freedom of expression.

After the news of the film became public, Isaipriya's mother Vahisan Dharmini and sister Vetha Ranjini moved the court seeking injunction against releasing the film.

After hearing the matter recently, Justice T S Sivagnanam said, "This court is of the view that an attempt could be made to explore the possibility of settlement by resorting to mediation."

Noting that Isaipriya's mother and sister were not in India, the judge said the high court's Mediation and Conciliation Centre could arrange for video-conference facility to enable the two to interact with the mediators attached to the court.

The judge then adjourned the case to June 27 for further hearing, Indian media reports.

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