One Pakistani celeb accuses another of sexual harassment and the internet is afire. Meesha Shafi, who describes herself as “Mother by day. Rockstar by night. Performing Artist. Singer/Actor, going strong since the year 2000 recently shared the following tweet
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
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) April 19, 2018
So what are we to make of these claims?
While we clearly are not in a position to confirm their validity we at The South Asian Buzz are always inspired to see women taking a stand for their beliefs. As is evident from the many cruel responses Meesha Shafi has opened her self up for a world of unkindness and is tough to think that anyone would do so lightly especially in a patriarchal society where Ali Zafar is adored by many.
Here are some of the women courageously following in Meesha Shafi’s footsteps
Thank you @itsmeeshashafi for your courage and your bravery. It’s never easy. But that should never silence us. I am in total solidarity with you. You are not alone in this because #Metoo #TimesUp #WeBelieveYou pic.twitter.com/hkQ61bqnFH
— Leena (@Leena_Ghani) April 19, 2018
So @itsmeeshashafi‘s brave sharing of her experience reminded me of a story about @AliZafarsays from many many years ago, when Ali Zafar tried to kiss my cousin and pull my cousin into a restroom with him. Luckily my cousin’s friends were there to push Ali Zafar off https://t.co/kBQbBiwyFP
— Maham Javaid (@JMaham) April 19, 2018