Meesha Shafi accuses Ali Zafar of sexual harassment, tweets details
Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi in a long Twitter post levelled sexual allegations charges against actor-singer Ali Zafar.
Taking to the micro-blogging website, Meesha wrote she believes it's high time to break the silence and tell everyone the truth about Ali Zafar.
Joining the #MeToo movement that rocked Hollywood last year, Meesha alleged Zafar abused her physically numerous times and his actions have traumatized her.
Happened to me despite being an empowered woman: Meesha Shafi
Meesha Shafi wrote as a woman, mother and public figure her conscience would not allow her to remain quiet anymore.
Expressing her ordeal, she wrote Ali Zafar abused her sexually, despite her being an empowered woman. She maintained nothing like this happened at the beginning of her career.
"This happened to me as a mother of two children," she wrote.
Felt betrayed with Ali's behavior, says Meesha Shafi
Meesha Shafi wrote, "It has been an extremely traumatic experience for me and my family. Ali is someone I have known for years and someone who I have shared the stage with. I feel betrayed by his behavior, his attitude and I know that I'm not alone."
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Read Meesha Shafi's full statement here
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
Meesha Shafi's 'Speak Up' moment starts debate on social media
Twitter users obviously had an opinion on the bomb Meesha Safi dropped.
Some of Ali Zafar's fans felt she was doing it to gain followers on Twitter.
On the other side of the spectrum, people were wondering if it would start a domino effect in our film industries, and urge other women to name those who abused them at some point or another.
Meesha Shafi took on a 'giant', writes one Twitter user
The face of the entertainment industry is so cosmetic. #AliZafar is not only popular/successful, he's been regular star for ages. We've all known him since Kollege Jeans. #MeeshaShafi has taken on a giant. Let's see if this sparks a big movement for us. #MeToo— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) April 19, 2018