SRI REDDY’S PROTEST BEARS FRUIT: TELANGANA GOVT. SETS UP PANEL FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT | 27 April, 2019

More than a year after Telugu film act­ress Sri Reddy stripped down and sat topless on the street outside the office of the Movie Artistes Association in Hydera­bad to draw people’s attention to sexual exploitation of women in Tollywood, the Telangana government has finally taken steps to address the menace of the cast­ing couch in the Telugu film industry. It has set up a first-of-its-kind panel to look into issues of sexual harassment faced by actresses in the Telugu film and TV industries.

Sri Reddy was called all sorts of names by the bigwigs of the Telugu film industry who claimed that her act of sitting topless in public (last March) was a mere publicity stunt. Although her career is almost over after her bold tirade against sexual har­assment, she is happy that she had the courage to call out the sexual predators. She hopes that the government would also do something to ensure that the act­resses who speak out are not shunned by the film industry. Sri Reddy is also not sure if the panel would be effective as it has some influential people as its members. She fears that the influential people, who hail from film families, may never feel in­clined to help outsiders like her because the sexual predators also often belong to film families.

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