In a shocking revelation, singer Meesha Shafi has accused her colleague Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. The mother of two took to Twitter to share her experience with Ali, adding that she was sharing her story to break the “culture of silence” around rape and sexual harassment. Ever since Meesha, 36, made these claims, the voices on Twitter have been rising higher with journalists as well as fans sharing their opinion. Incidentally, not many names from the industry have reacted to this scandal yet.
The media naturally has been hounding Ali for a reaction but the actor put up a weak statement, which basically said - he doesn't want to speak about it right now. Analysts are saying the singer might come up with a statement soon.
Not a good answer by Ali Zafar pic.twitter.com/5k9VdTO3NV— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) April 19, 2018
Meanwhile, this is how twitter has been reacting to Meesha's note.
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So you have a hugely successful music and acting career -- make millions through brand endorsements -- and you are married with a kid— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) April 19, 2018
So why would you do something like this
Perhaps because you think you can, and because you can get away with it
Let's hope that changes
I mean who wants to be in the limelight and be abused by countless men and women who have internalized patriarchy? Meesha Shafi doesn't owe any explanation to anybody but shes doing the rest of us a favour by warning us of Ali Zafar's behavior #MeeshaShafi #MeToo #AliZafar— Manal Faheem Khan (@ManalFaheemKhan) April 19, 2018
It does take a lot of courage to speak up against powerful men. As the time passes by you will lots of enablers including women who will come forward for his rescue.— Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) April 19, 2018
Some users have also dug out Ali's old tweet on 'consent' and unfortunately, it does not show him in a positive light.
Ohhh the agony of the screenshot pic.twitter.com/Y3HwKMtbxN— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) April 19, 2018
This was Meesha's initial post.
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