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After Telegu actress Sri Reddy accused Sekhar Kammula of sexual harassment alleging of casting couch, created a storm in the Tollywood industry. Kammula used social media to lash out at Sri Reddy using Twitter and Facebook and threatened to take a legal action if she does not apologize and take her words back. Sri Reddy in a Facebook Live replied that she is not going to bow before the money power.
Sri Reddy in her first post did not take any name directly just said that she has been sexually abused by a producer’s son, who used to harass several women. In her later post, she hinted towards Sekhar Kammula. She accused that she has been asked to send disrobed photos, which she has evidence that she has sent them too. She allegedly claimed that Telegu actresses are being sexually exploited in the name of getting a chance in a movie. She also claimed that she has been offered crores by MAA to be silent regarding the issue, but she decided to speak up.
Sexual harassment at workplace is neither an acceptable nor a petty matter, Government has been always strict regarding this issue, especially after Vishakha Case, and codified strict laws to make workplaces safer place for women. In 2012, the Parliament passed the Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill 2012. The highlights of the Act are as follows:
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