In another incidence of allegations on Twitter making public the judge and the jury, Meesha Shafi has accused Ali Zafar of harassing her on multiple occasions, making it the first case of its nature as a public figure has accused a fellow public figure of harassment. Meesha Shafi wrote on Twitter that being a public figure, mother and a woman she needs to breaks the silence and support the youth who is trying to eradicate all barriers, making an effort to get them heard.
She said that she has received unconditional love support from fans and family making her the powerful woman she is today. She said that she feels the need to open up because she recognizes that it can happen to her, an established artist, it can happen to anyone. She blamed popular singer Ali Zafar for harassing her on more than one occasion, saying that it was an extremely traumatic experience for her and her family. She said that she has known Ali for a long time and has shared the stage with him and his behaviour had made her feel betrayed.
Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out.. but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo pic.twitter.com/iwex7e1NLZ
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) April 19, 2018
She concluded that she is not alone and she wants to break the culture of silence. Her mother, famous artist, Saba Hameed said that she is shocked. She added that she stands behind her daughter, trusts her and supports her through this.
‘’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’’ – Saba said (Source: Dawn)
In response to this, Ali Zafar has categorically rejected all allegations and has come up with a statement on, of course, Twitter. He said that he supports the #MeToo movement and is well-aware of it. He said that having a wife, a young daughter and being a son to a mother, he has always stood up for social equality. Ali said that he has supported his colleagues through slander, defamation and unkindness and he will do the same for himself today. He said that he denies the allegations.
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) April 19, 2018
He said that he doesn’t want it to be an endless cycle of allegations and blame game on social media and is intended to take it to courts and address this through a proper procedure. He concluded by saying that he’s a strong believer in truth always prevails.
The internet community, however, is divided over it. Here is how they are seeing it:
Meesha shafi has all the rights to accuse someone of sexual harassment but we should not start shaming ali zafar until we know both sides of story & some evidential prove.
If she is right, we should boycott and make ali zafar as an example. Same goes for meesha if she's wrong
— Waleed Nasir (@waleednasir00) April 19, 2018
Ali zafar harassed messha shafi…. now I’m 101% sure Men who chant about feminism & call themselves feminists are just wolf in sheeps clothing. They’re the real problem.
— Ayeshay (@champagne_lassi) April 19, 2018
Can't believe Ali Zafar has been getting a pass for pushing the hot-buttons. Just why didn't he get the gripe back then? pic.twitter.com/24RoUTLZQu
— Baji Please (@BajiPlease) April 19, 2018
I haven't trusted Ali Zafar since he went on a morning show years ago and said he once saw Priyanka in a mall in Dubai and didn't find her pretty bc she looked "dark and purple".
— pari (@paricherie) April 19, 2018
When you are performing on stage and you spot Ali zafar https://t.co/8LyznyDy0U
— ع م ر! ?? (@omeralvii) April 19, 2018
Not often do you see a celebrity in Pakistan accuse another celebrity of sexual harassment — Meesha Shafi has done this in the case of her fellow musician Ali Zafar pic.twitter.com/c1P7TanXfH
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) April 19, 2018
Whenever I think I’ve reached peak disappointment, a new man comes along to prove me wrong and disappoint me further. What the fuck, Ali Zafar?!
— Mariam (@MiriiamIqbal) April 19, 2018
Ye dunia jhooti log luteray, never knew Ali zafar was describing himself.
— عُمر (@Keyb0ardMujahid) April 19, 2018
Hi can someone give me a list of brands Ali Zafar is the ambassador of?
— Ushnaa? (@Lanaschild_) April 19, 2018
Okay before everyone loses it and calls for Ali Zafar's death, please remember that predators ought to be taken into therapy. Please raise awareness about mental health problems instead of calling for chemical castration. Thanks.
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) April 19, 2018
Ayesha Gulalai accused Imran Khan for harassing her & later she didn't have any proof. Meesha shafi accused Ali Zafar for harassing her without any proof. If he did it go file a complain against him instead of ranting about it on social media. It's Twitter not a Police station.
— Sir Saith Abdullah (@SaithAbdullah99) April 19, 2018
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