The Hyderabad High Court directed Telangana government to form an enquiry panel against casting couch to safeguard women in the Telugu Film industry. The petition was filed by women activists V Sandhya Rani along with six other women for the inability by the state government for failing up to form an enquiry committee on the issue.
Sri Reddy With Activist Sandhya Rani
The case was heard by Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice V Ramasubramanian, who later directed respondents: principal secretaries to cinematography and women development and child welfare, and chairperson of State Film Development Corporation, president of Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce, State Commission for Women and DGP.
Small-time actress, Sri Reddy had kicked up a storm in the Telugu industry alleging the existence of casting couch and questioning of girls being imported from other regions over picking up actresses from Telugu state. Sri Reddy protested outside the Telugu Films Chamber of Commerce at the Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad by going topless. The actress said that she chose this method to vent out her grief and frustration against casting couch and the exploitation of Telugu girls on the promise of film offers. She had also leaked intimate pictures of hers with producer Suresh Babu’s son Abhiram Daggubati who sexually exploited her.