19 September, 2020

'I Realised It Was Time To Raise My Voice, Not Only For Myself But For Other Girls Too'

34-year-old Sri Reddy took on the Tollywood industry, accusing a top producer's son of sexually exploiting her for years. Now she has a threat to her life.

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'I Realised It Was Time To Raise My Voice, Not Only For Myself But For Other Girls Too'
outlookindia.com
2018-05-31T11:10:24+05:30

Television anchor-turned-actress Sri Reddy stirred a ­hornet’s nest recently by alleging rampant sexual ­exploitation in the Telugu film industry, accusing a top producer’s son of sexually exploiting her for years. She went to the extent of stripping in public to highlight the issue, but her protests were summarily dismissed in Tollywood and she was boycotted by the industry. Speaking to Giridhar Jha, the 34-year-old actress underlines her resolve to ­continue her fight, despite all odds, to ensure justice for all the victims of the casting couch in Tollywood. Excerpts.

What has happened since you staged protests to ­allege sexual exploitation by the son of a big producer from the Telugu film industry?

I am in a very bad situation. I’m even facing threats from the big people in Hyderabad. I stay alone in the city and anybody can attack me anywhere because I have taken on mighty people and the city police have not provided any protection to me. Even my murder can be planned...

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