Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi accuses Ali Zafar of sexual harassment

Pakistani singer cum actress Meesha Shafi accused Pakistani actor Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. Yesterday, when she shared her story in the #MeToo Campaign, it created ripples in the media. However, a day after Meesha accusation against Zafar, more women came forward claiming the same about Ali Zafar.

The 36-year-old singer took to her social media handle to share her story of sexual assault.

She captioned her statement, “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”

Her post read, “As a woman, a public figure and a mother, I have always felt strongly about using my voice to encourage and support our youth who look up to me especially girls, who dream of carving their own path in Pakistan.”

She added, “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.”

“No woman is ever safe from sexual harassment. In our society, we hesitate to speak up and choose to stay silent and this emboldens sexual harassment to flourish. We must collectively use our voices to share stories so that we break this culture of silence and so that young women today are safer.

“It has been an extremely traumatic experience for me and my family. Ali is someone I have known for many years and someone who I have shared the stage with. I feel betrayed by his behaviour and his attitude and I know that I am not alone.”

She concluded by saying, "Today I am breaking this culture of silence and I hope that by doing that I am setting 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."

Post Meesha’s allegation against Ali Zafar, many more Pakistani women came forward and shared their side of story of sexual harassment by Ali Zafar.