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NHRC notices on Telugu actress' sexual exploitation claim

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

The (NHRC) on Thursday sent notices to the government and the over a Telugu actress' allegations of sexual exploitation.

The commission took suo moto cognizance of about the allegations raised by Sri and a lack of grievance redressal mechanism for women in the film industry.

created a sensation by resorting to strip protest against casting couch in Tollywood in front of the office of here on April 7.

The actress, who started her career as a news reader on a and also did small roles in a couple of films, named a few prominent personalities of the industry.

She started 'SriReddyLeaks' page on to expose those exploiting women aspiring to work in films.

She has questioned the government and the (MAA) on the absence of a

The Commission observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, tantamount to inaction of the part of the

"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.

It issued notices to Telangana's and the Secretary, calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.

The Commission also observed that reportedly action against the has been taken under IPC's Section 294 (obscene acts in public) but it is nowhere mentioned if the authorities have taken any action on her allegations.

Therefore, it appears to be an attempt to muzzle the voice of the whistleblower both from the sides of MAA and the state authorities.

The Commission said the issues raised by the demand action on part of the in the form of a committee to address and redress the grievances of the female actors and women employees.

The panel noted that actress staged a semi-nude protest outside the and an annoyed MAA not only dismissed her allegations but also declared that she will not be given its membership under any circumstances.

The MAA has even reportedly said that action will be taken against any artiste who decides to share screen space with her.

The MAA, which filed a police complaint against the actress, has said action against her has been taken as per rules, the NHRC said.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:18 IST