Human Rights notice to Telangana Govt on exploitation in Tollywood

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the government of Telangana and the Union ministry of information and broadcasting over the reported sexual exploitation of women in the Telugu film industry and lack of a grievance redressal mechanism in the industry.

The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that there is sexual exploitation of women in the Telugu film industry. The issue was raised by television anchor Sri Reddy who now acts in Telugu films.

The NHRC observed that if the media reports are true, it is tantamount to inaction on the part of the state government in instituting such a committee. The Commission is of the opinion that the reported prohibitions imposed on the actress — barring her from acting in films and stopping others from working with her — are violations of her right to livelihood and to live a life with dignity.

Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, government of Telangana, and Secretary, Union ministry of information and broadcasting, calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.

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