Meesha Shafi accuses Ali Zafar of sexual harassment
KARACHI (92 News) – Artiste Meesha Shafi has alleged that singer-actor Ali Zafar sexually harassed her on more than one occasion.
The singer has taken to Twitter to say her conscience does not allow her to remain silent any longer.
In a statement posted on Twitter, she wrote: “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.”
Shafi said: “Despite having a voice, there are some issues that are very difficult to speak about as a woman, especially sexual harassment.”
“If this can happen to someone like me, an established artiste, then it can happen to any young woman hoping to break into the industry and that concerns me gravely.”
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.”
Ali Zafar is one of the best known singers in Pakistan. He made his acting debut with a leading role in the 2010 Bollywood satire Tere Bin Laden.
Meanwhile, Ali Zafar has rejected the allegations leveled against him. He also threatened to take the accuser to court.