NHRC slaps notices on Centre, Telangana on sexual harassment in films

Sri Reddy gets a stunning deal for leaking Abhiram's

Sri Reddy gets a stunning deal for leaking Abhiram's

The NHRC has also taken note of the fact that since MAA does not yet have a committee against sexual harassment (CASH) the actress can not seek redressal of her grievances, if there is any sexual harassment at the work place.

Following the Commission's observation, the MAA President said they had no grudge against Reddy but since her allegations hurt the artistes, it was chose to impose the ban. Telugu film industry, in this case. Though severely criticised her efforts seem to have paid off as the the National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to the Telangana government to reply within four weeks after probing the truth behind the allegations and also questioned why it has remained inactive in the matter so far. The committee is to meet once in three months to look into the complaints of sexual harassment.

Thursday took suo motu cognisance of media reports about the alleged sexual exploitation of women in the Telugu film industry.

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Few hours after the development, Telugu Movie Artists' Association (MAA), which had banned the actress along with all the artists who have worked with her in the past describing her act of strip protesting publically disgraceful has lifted the ban on Sri Reddy.

The rights body took suo motu cognizance of media reports about the allegations raised by Reddy and a lack of grievance redressal mechanism for women in the film industry. "The Commission is of the opinion that the reported prohibitions imposed upon the actress, barring her to act in the films and stopping others to work with her are violation of her right to livelihood and live a life with dignity", said an NHRC release. Angry MAA announced that it would not give membership to the actress and will also banish anyone who works with her going forward. The apex body said, "It appears to be an attempt to muzzle the voice of a whistle-blower both from the side of MAA and the state authorities". Apart from accusing the renowned director Sekhar Kammula of involvement in casting couch and singer Sreeram Chandra of sending her lewd messages, she has also accused leading producer Suresh Babu's son Abhiram Daggubati of forcing her into having sex with him.

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