Yesterday, Pakistani singer-actress, Meesha Shafi, took to Twitter to share her story in the wake of the #MeToo Campaign, accusing Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. Zafar later took to Instagram to post his statement, in which he denied all the allegations. However, now, more women have come forward with similar claims against the actor. The women, while lending their support to Meesha, tweeted saying that she was not the only one and that they too faced similar instances by the actor, Geo News reported. A make up artist thanked Shafi, for having the courage to speak up about it. She wrote, “Seeing (the original accuser)’s courage it’s impossible for me to not speak now, not only in support of her but also to say she’s not alone. In the many years I have known Ali, he has on several occasions crossed boundaries of what is appropriate behaviour between friends.” She went on to say how Ali’s behaviour showcases a complete “lack of respect for women”.
Furthermore she wrote, “Inappropriate contact, groping, sexual comments should not fall in the grey area between humour and indecency. Comments that would make your skin crawl and make you feel objectified are not to be reduced to ‘a joke’ such behaviours can leave women feeling embarrassed, small and reduced to the level of entertainment at the hands of a woman. In such cases, women like myself run from a situation and hope to God you never cross paths again. And when by some misfortune you do, you hide from him. Hoping that his sleazy eyes and hands don’t find you again. His hands don’t make their way up and down your waist or hold you too tight while you desperately try to wiggle and run.” Check out the tweets below :
She went on to say that Shafi “isn’t and has not been alone”. She wrote, “The memories of the times when Ali thought he could get away by saying vulgar things still disgust me,” she added. Another journalist opened up about her encounter with Ali, several years ago, when the Pakistani actor tried to kiss her cousin and pull her into his restroom with him. The journalist thanked Shafi for reminding women that their stories matter. Not just that, a blogger also opened up about the time when Ali inappropriately touched her at a public event. Even though, Pakistan’s entertainment industry has stayed mum on the subject, actor-writer Osman Khalid Butt and model-actress Urwa Hocane have tweeted in support of Shafi, Geo News reported. In the meantime, actor Maya Ali took to Instagram to post that she respects Ali and that we shouldn’t judge anyone’s character till it’s proven to be true.