You don’t need to take sides or crit­i­cise: Kalki

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It is no one else’s busi­ness to com­ment on cases [of sex­ual ha­rass­ment]. [Only] peo­ple who are work­ing on the spe­cific cases and know the de­tails should be talk­ing about it pub­licly.

KALKI KOECHLIN, AC­TOR

Along­side the #MeToo move­ment gain­ing mo­men­tum in In­dia, there have been vic­tim-blam­ing and sham­ing and Twit­ter tri­als, too. Ac­tor Kalki Koechlin feels re­serv­ing their opin­ion when one doesn’t know de­tails of spe­cific cases, is im­por­tant to sup­port the move­ment.

“I think every­body can be part of this move­ment and not feel that you need to crit­i­cise or take sides on cases that we re­ally don’t know the de­tails of,” Kalki says. And when it comes to vic­tim sham­ing and Twit­ter tri­als, Kalki adds that the right thing to do is to ab­stain from putting out one’s opin­ion un­less they are di­rectly in­volved in a case, or are a con­cerned lawyer or in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency.

“It is no one else’s busi­ness to com­ment on th­ese cases, as we don’t know the de­tails of each and ev­ery case,” Kalki says, adding that know­ing the de­gree of ha­rass­ment is im­por­tant, too. “Rape re­quires a dif­fer­ent pun­ish­ment from [that for] some­body who has been ha­rassed sex­u­ally or some­body who was abused by email or text. [Only] peo­ple who are work­ing on the spe­cific cases and know the de­tails should be talk­ing about it pub­licly,” she ex­plains.

The ac­tor adds that the #MeToo move­ment has shown that sex­ual ha­rass­ment tran­scends bound­aries.

“Not just women, but men, too, have been sub­jected to abuse, and with so many cases com­ing out, it shows that sex­ual ha­rass­ment oc­curs across sec­tors. It’s a prob­lem of a pa­tri­ar­chal so­ci­ety,” she says.

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