Earlier in the day, the NHRC sent notices to the Telangana government and the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry over Reddy's allegations.
MAA President Shivaji Raja said the committee, comprising senior actors and filmmakers of Telugu film industry, would look into the complaints of sexual harassment. 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.
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Police identified the suspect as Paul Edward Acton Bowen and said he is the founder of the Acton Bowen Outreach Ministries. By that, I mean four teachers, a doctor, a member of police staff, an A&E nurse, a priest, and a private music tutor.
Sri Reddy's allegations have prompted the authorities to look into the presence of evils like sexual harassment and casting couch in Tollywood. The NHRC is reported to have taken serious note of the absence of Committee Against Sexual Harassment to deal with complaints from women artists in the film industry.
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"The issues raised by the actress demand action on part of the state government", said the human rights body. However, neither the government nor the MAA took her seriously. The NHRC said, "The MAA, reportedly, has even moved further stating that action will be taken against any artiste who decides to share screen space with er". The actress revealed that she turned a prey to casting couch and has been revealing many intimate pictures, personal chats with several Tollywood celebrities.
The actress, who started her career as a news reader on a Telugu channel and also did small roles in a couple of films, named a few prominent personalities of the industry. Do not blackmail us. "We have great respect for women and you can ask any of our female committee members to vouch for that", he had insisted during the meet. While the Movie Artistes Association (MAA) banned her and the accused have rubbished her claims, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) have stepped forward to support the struggling actress. Now though, the ban has been lifted and she is free to work with over 900 artists.
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