Monday December 16, 2019

Actress Radhika Apte Speaks Upon Sexual Harassment at Workplaces

Enthusiastic about the association with Daniel Wellington, Radhika said: "Yes, I adore their watches and their new bracelet cuffs. The pieces are easy to wear and very versatile with timeless designs. They can be worn throughout the years on for any occasion."

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Acting is like investigative work: Radhika Apte. (IANS)

With #MeToo movement, many women are coming out in the open to talk about the sexual harassment they have faced by people in power across different fields, including Bollywood. Actress Radhika Apte is “loving” it and she feels everyone should come together to create safe workplaces where any kind of abuse is neither exercised nor tolerated.

“There are a lot of people in the industry who are trying to come together and find a way of forming a system which is going to be more apt to deal with the abuse or misuse of power within the industry,” Radhika told IANS in an e-mail from Mumbai when asked about her take on #MeToo.

“I think it is very good that people are coming out and speaking about such things. It is extremely essential and I completely support the movement. I hope that we can all constructively come together and formulate a structure where everyone can feel safe sooner rather than later.

“I genuinely love that this movement is coming here,” added the actress, who is the face of new campaign of Daniel Wellington watches in India.

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Any kind of abuse must not be exercised or tolerated: Radhika Apte. (IANS)

The #MeToo movement in India started after actress and former beauty queen Tanushree Dutta in September recalled an unpleasant episode with veteran actor Nana Patekar from the sets of “Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss” in 2008.

After that, a slew of controversies surrounding Vikas Bahl, Sajid Khan, Anu Malik, Anirban Blah, Alok Nath, Chetan Bhagat, Gursimran Khamba and Kailash Kher have emerged.

Radhika, who not only broke the stereotypical image of the Bollywood heroine with her roles in films like “”Phobia”, “Badlapur” and “Manjhi – The Mountain Man”, but is also vocal about her strong opinions on social issues. She says Bollywood should stand up and raise voice on such issues.

Radhika said: “I think it’s high time, not only in Bollywood, but in all industries that we stand up and raise awareness and speak about these issues.

“I personally feel that any kind of abuse should not be exercised or tolerated and there should be systems in place that will allow people to speak about it fearlessly. There is nothing worse than having that lack of a safe foundation that results in a person being fearful to speak up and living life suppressing what happened because they fear some consequence to talking about it. Nothing can be worse than that.”

Daniel Wellington, the Swedish watch brand, celebrated the onset of the festive season in Mumbai with an exclusive Diwali celebration. Radhika, along with Sander Van Der Stroom, General Manager, Daniel Wellington India, graced the occasion.

Enthusiastic about the association with Daniel Wellington, Radhika said: “Yes, I adore their watches and their new bracelet cuffs. The pieces are easy to wear and very versatile with timeless designs. They can be worn throughout the years on for any occasion.”

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Radhika Apte.

When one talks about time, how important is punctuality for her?

She said: “Professionalism and punctuality are extremely important, especially in the career path I’ve chosen. Being on sets, film schedules can be very stringent and tight. They are sometimes at odd hours in various locations. Being there when you’re called, just ensures that the day starts smoothly.”

Has her time in Bollywood, especially the starting years, been easy?

“I had to struggle a lot to get to where I am today and it is appreciated more because people are aware of my work much more so there’s more talk about it. But at the same time I don’t think the struggle has ended because in any freelance industry there is a constant struggle with constant rejections, constantly trying to maintain a level of work as well as challenge yourself and bring something different to every project you do,” she said.

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With the success of “Andhadhun”, would she says she has arrived now?

“I honestly never think that I have ever ‘arrived’. It’s all a process to me. Today I am lucky enough to be getting a lot of work that I’m passionate about, but one can never know what the future has in store,” she said. (Bollywood Country)

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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)