NHRC notice to I&B ministry over Telugu actress strip case

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Hours after the NHRC notice, Movie Artists Association (MAA) addressed a media conference and lifted work ban on the actor.The notices were issued based on media reports which stated that there is no grievance redressal mechanism or a committee against sexual harassment of women artistes in the film industry.

The actress had on April 7 staged a semi-nude protest outside the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce. 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. Actress Sri Reddy had recently raised her voice against the casting couch in the Telugu film industry and started naming some people, which irritated the industry. It observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, tantamount to inaction of the part of the state government.

This is a big deal for Sri Reddy and all the Telugu actresses out there!

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According to a report in NDTV, the commission also appeared to have taken a dim view of how the government charged her with obscenity but hadn't acted on her complaints.

"The issues raised by the actress demand action on part of the state government", said the human rights body.

"Announcing that the film chamber would consider afresh actress Sri Reddy's application for membership, Movie Artistes" Association (MAA) said they had been upset over the actress' protest.

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The MAA has even reportedly said that action will be taken against any artiste who decides to share screen space with her. Post her dramatic act, the Movie Artists Association held a meeting wherein they had made a decision to reject her membership application and also threatened those actors who would work with her.

She has revealed names of several top artists who are involved in the shameful act. From Suresh Babu's son and Rana Daggubati's brother Abhiram Daggubati to writer-director Kona Venkat, all have fallen under her radar.

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