As the incident of harassment is increasing day by day around the world. Lately an incident happened with Pakistani Singer Meesha Shafi who accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment.
Meesha Shafi is a prominent name in the industry.She has been featured in many seasons of Coke Studio and has done acting in the movies like The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
The singer took the platform of Twitter to share the experience.She shared her story because she thinks it will break the culture of silence. That is followed by women in these type of issues.
Here are the strongly claimed words of the lady
“Today, I speak up because my conscience does not allow me to be silent anymore,” she said in a statement posted on the social media website, adding that if this could happen to an established artist like her then it could happen to any young woman hoping to enter the industry.
“I have been subjected, on more than one occasion, to sexual harassment of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague from my industry: Ali Zafar. These incidences did not happen when I was young, or just entering the industry. This happened to me despite the fact that I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children,”
Ali Zafar confidently denied all the allegations of sexual harassment against him and responded to Meesha Shafi on Twitter
“any and all claims of harassment lodged against me by Ms Shafi”. He added that he intends to take the matter to court”
Ali Zafar, on the other hand, is also a big name of the industry. Claiming his talent in singing by giving hits like “Chano” and been an important part of PSL. Alongside this Ali Zafar has done acting across the border with roles in films such as Kill Dil and Total Siyapaa
Many Pakistani celebrities have been part of this recent #Me-too movement by revealing their childhood experience of sexual abuse. Whereas Meesha Shafi is the first Pakistani celebrity to raise voice on an incident like this.
She received an overwhelming response on social media for speaking about the incident.
Speaking to Dawn.com, Ms. Shafi said that when the incident happened, the very first person she informed was her husband.Her husband has been a true blessing for her.
“Shortly after that I spoke about this incident to someone on my team, and one of my friends,”she said, adding that it shouldn’t be this difficult to speak out when one was right.
“As parents, we tell our children to speak up if somebody touches them inappropriately and that it is never their fault. So why is it this hard to do the same? One shouldn’t have to be this brave to report sexual misconduct. I’ve had support around me, I consider myself an empowered woman, and I still had such a hard time with this decision,” she said.
Her mother, actress Saba Hamid, said she supported her daughter’s decision to go public.
“I am hurt and angry and I feel very strongly about this. That this can happen with someone like Meesha who is so empowered is a rude awakening,” she said.
However, in a tweet, Mr. Zafar denied the allegations and said that he would take Ms. Shafi to court.In a statement shared on his Twitter account, he said that he was deeply aware and in support of the global #MeToo movement and what it stood for.
“I have nothing to hide. Silence is absolutely not an option. I categorically deny any and all claims of harassment lodged against me by Ms. Shafi. I intend to take this through the courts of law… ultimately I am a strong believer that the truth always prevails.”
The issue is getting hype day by day. Since few other women have also accused Ali Zafar of this same type of misconduct. Make-up artist Leena Ghani, Journalist Maham Javaid and Blogger Humna Raza are the ones who raised their voice.
Journalist Maham Javaid also described an encounter “from many many years ago, when Ali Zafar tried to kiss” her cousin and pull her “into a restroom with him”.
The reaction from other celebrities are mixed, some are supporting Meesha Shafi for highlighting this incident, while others are hoping that it may be just a misunderstanding. That should be resolved avoiding the personal vendetta.
We have crossed our fingers hoping things to get better soonest.This video speaks about what is assumed to be the truth