Ali Zafar issues declaration over allegations of erotic harassment levelled against him by Meesha Shafi
In the declaration, Ali acknowledged the importance of #MeToo campaign and then categorically denied all says of harassment lodged against him by Meesha. He said, “I categorically refuse every claims of harassment lodged against me by Ms Shafi.”
The Dear Zindagi star has discovered his intentions of taking to matter to court to be able to “address this professionally and seriously rather than to lodge any allegations”. He accused Meesha of disrespecting the #MeeToo plan by “contesting personal vendettas on social media”.
“Ultimately I am a strong believer that the reality always prevails,” he concluded.
Before, when asked about the allegations, the acting professional had responded declaring he wasn’t prepared to answer fully the question by yet. According to a news channel that aired Ali’s effect, he said, “I don’t want to discuss this matter right now.”
The #MeToo activity accelerated by Hollywood has directed waves of impact around the world decreasing the most effective of men. Remarkably, the movement has made its way to socially conservative Pakistan in a short period of your time. I added the term ‘surprising’ because though erotic harassment is prevalent in Pakistan, the taboo associated with it is enough to keep carefully the victim quiet.
In a shocking turn of incidents, Pakistani vocalist Meesha Shafi has accused colleague and singer-actor Ali Zafar of erotic harassment.
Meesha, who’s a good example of a strong, empowered woman, known to speak her mind has alleged that Zafar has harassed her on “several occasion,” adding that, “These incidences did not happen whenever i was young, or just entering the industry. This happened to me even though I am an empowered, accomplished woman who’s known for speaking her mind! This happened certainly to me as a mom of two children.”
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
In a Twitter post, the singer distributed her experience in an email with the caption, “Sharing this because I think that by speaking out about my own experience of intimate harassment, I am going to break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak away…but it is harder to remain silent. My conscience will not allow it ever again.”
The singer shared that the knowledge was a “traumatic one” on her behalf and family.
“It has been an extremely traumatic experience for me and family. Ali is someone I’ve known for many years and a person who I have shared the stage with. I feel betrayed by his behavior and his frame of mind and I understand that we am not by yourself.”
“Today I am breaking this culture of silence and I hope that by doing that I am arranging an example for young women in my country to do the same. We only have our voices and the time has come to use them,” she concluded.
Talking with local multimedia, Meesha said that taking this task was hard for her which she felt susceptible. However, she acknowledged her mother, Saba Hamid and her family for aiding her throughout.
Both Ali and Meesha hinted at not remaining silent on the problem. While Meesha tweeted that “it is not easy to speak away, but it is harder to stay silent,” Ali taken care of immediately her remarks expressing, “I have nothing to hide. Silence is absolutely not a choice.”
Fans on cultural media have portrayed their disappointment at the occurrences and many of them are heartbroken.
This development comes weekly after music-streaming site, Patari’s CEO, Khalid Bajwa, was accused of intimate harassment by several women. Bajwa’s expose was accompanied by women coming forward and sharing their own encounters of intimate assault as a result of different men.
The Pakistan film industry is yet to react, while everybody else holds their breath at the moment because Meesha’s revelation could spark Lollywood’s own #MeToo motion and we’re uncertain if we’re ready for this.