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‘Provision for Safety’ has Increased in Industry after #MeToo Campaign: Kalki

#MeToo wave in India as it opened the floodgates for numerous other women from every walk of life to come forward with their stories

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"I think there's more awareness. I have received code of conduct drafts before doing a play. I have learnt about actors agreeing on touch before intimate scenes." Wikimedia

Actress Kalki Koechlin says she has witnessed several changes in the film indusrty after the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment at workplace gained traction in India.

“I think there’s more awareness. I have received code of conduct drafts before doing a play. I have learnt about actors agreeing on touch before intimate scenes,” Kalki told IANS over e-mail. According to the “Dev D” actress, “provision for safety” has increased.

She said: “There have been difficult conversations with men about the subject that are ongoing, I think the provision for safety has increased, as women we are demanding certain standards and productions are responding to that.”

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Her case led the #MeToo wave in India as it opened the floodgates for numerous other women from every walk of life to come forward with their stories. Wikimedia

The #MeToo Movement got sparked in India last October when former actress Tanushree Dutta recounted an accusation she made against actor Nana Patekar for alleged sexual harassment on the sets of their 2008 film “Horn OK Pleasssss”.

Her case led the #MeToo wave in India as it opened the floodgates for numerous other women from every walk of life to come forward with their stories.

On the work front, Kalki has recently featured in the web series “Made in Heaven” and is currently prepping up for her Tamil project called “Emma and Angel”.

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On the work front, Kalki has recently featured in the web series “Made in Heaven” and is currently prepping up for her Tamil project called “Emma and Angel”. Wikimedia

Apart from films, she is also associated with luxury brand Hidesign for her bag line. Kalki has now come up with her bag’s latest collection.

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“Each collection comes with some experience from the last and figuring where to improve and what to create next. It’s a daring collection. It’s got adventure and power in caps written all over it.”Kalki feels designing has led to enhancement in her creativity.

“You get to think about what women want (as mostly my collection is for women though I’m all for gender fluidity and hope men wear the bags too!) You start understanding your following and the market better,” she added. (IANS)

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Sexual Crimes Increased by 14% After MeToo Movement

14% rise in sex crime reporting after MeToo movement, says a study

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The MeToo movement started on October 15, 2017 after sexual misconduct allegations against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Wikimedia Commons

The MeToo movement that took the world by storm has led to a 14 per cent rise in reporting of sexual crimes during its first three months across the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

The MeToo movement started on October 15, 2017 after sexual misconduct allegations against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein became public following a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano who encouraged people who had been sexually harassed or assaulted to write “Me too” on social media.

The MeToo movement was exceptionally effective in rapidly increasing awareness around sexual misconduct in many countries including India.

However, despite the increase in crimes reported, the movement did not increase the number of sexual crimes cleared by the police, said the study published on SSRN, formerly known as the Social Science Research Network.

For the study, Roee Levy and Martin Mattsson from Yale University in the US constructed a new data set of sexual and non-sexual crimes in 24 OECD countries, covering 81 per cent of the OECD population.

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Despite the increase in crimes reported, the MeToo movement did not increase the number of sexual crimes cleared by the police. Lifetime Stock

“Our results suggest that social movements can rapidly change high stakes personal decisions,” the study said.

The researchers estimated that in the first three months of the movement, 11,598 additional sexual crimes were reported in the 13 OECD countries with “strong” MeToo movements.

“This study showed that the MeToo movement had a substantial, persistent effect on the propensity to report sexual crimes. This result is consistent across multiple samples and is robust across multiple estimation techniques,” the study concluded.

The MeToo movement focused on female victims, and often on cases that occurred several months or years before they were discussed in the media.

The researchers said that focusing on the US allowed them to understand better who was affected by the movement.

“The effect is strong and statistically significant for both sexual harassment and sexual assault,” said the study.

“Furthermore, we do not find evidence that the movement disproportionately affected neighbourhoods with higher incomes or more education. Overall, we can reject the argument that the MeToo movement had an effect mostly among whites or those with high socioeconomic status,” it added.

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The findings suggest that social movements can have large, long-lasting effects on social norms and, as a result, individuals make meaningful changes in their personal decisions. The action individuals take is costly and the effect occurs almost immediately. This suggests that awareness-raising campaigns can be effective in changing personal behaviour. (IANS)