Sri Reddy’s protest against the existence of casting couch had shaken the industry. Sri Reddy made national headlines when she protested by stripping in front of the Film Chamber of Commerce (Hyderabad) against the sexual exploitation of women by Telugu directors and producers. She had even went on to reveal the names of the directors, actors, producers who were involved in the same. Well, now N. Shankar, a newly-appointed spokesperson of the Telugu Film Industry (TFI), is coming up with new plans to change the system. He has now addressed the issue of sexual harassment on women. From setting up a panel against sexual harassment to taking a legal advice from the expert, he is coming up with plans for women safety.
The meeting, which was hosted by TFI, was also attended by P. Kiran, spokespersons Nandini Reddy, Thammareddy Bharadwaj, Ramdas Naidu and Murali Mohan Rao.
According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, 12 official spokespersons have been selected from the industry to respond to any questions about any issue. DC quoted N Shankar saying, “Half the members of this panel are from outside the film industry. They are doctors, lawyers, retired government employees, educationists and psychologists.”
“Firstly, according to Visakha guidelines (a set of procedural guidelines for use in India in cases of sexual harassment), everyone should come up with a CASH committee. Secondly, there must be separate washrooms and changing rooms for male and female artistes and dancers. And thirdly, all auditions must be held in the presence of at least one woman, and they should be recorded,” he added.
Talking about the workshops to be conducted for the women in all the sectors, Mr Shankar said, “the industry will identify experienced coordinators and issue identity cards to them, so that aspiring actors do not fall into the hands of the wrong people.”