As #Metoo campaign hit Pakistan, alot of women are coming out and sharing their stories with the world. Few days back, singer Meesha Shafi accused one of the most renowned singer/actor of our country, Ali Zafar of sexual harassment! Since then, it has created a buzz on social media, from celebrities to common people, everybody’s sharing their opinion on this matter.
Just recently, actress Ayesha Omar came in support of Meesha!
She said “If a person has collected the strength to speak up about an injustice or something that has been bothering her or has been in her heart for a while, the way we, as a nation react, the way we slander, negate and we are so in utter denial of it is disturbing”
She further stated that she too has been harassed by a member in the industry but doesn’t have the strength to talk about it. “Being a woman, especially in Pakistan, It takes a lot to speak about it. I know many women and individuals who have been through the same things. I, myself, have been a victim of serious harassment in the industry over the years, I hope I’m as brave as Meesha Shafi one day, the thing is that when people like Meesha come forward, that other people draw the strength to tell their stories.”
She added that Meesha has nothing but “negative publicity” to gain from the controversy: “She’s getting all kinds of vulgar comments, angry reactions, accusations. And she’s lucky enough to have a supportive family. I know she’s a bold, outspoken woman and won’t stand for any injustice. But for her to still take so long to come forward… what about the all the other women who endure this and don’t have the strength to come forward — whether in their families or publically. If they don’t have strong examples like Meesha, how will they be inspired to gain a voice as well.”
In response to a question about Ali Zafar’s response to the matter, Ayesha said the singer has the right to deny anything said against him if there is no proof of it.
“If someone says something about me tomorrow, I will also deny it, but it doesn’t mean that the honesty or intentions of a person talking about an experience they have undergone should be doubted.”
Well, we totally agree with what Ayesha Omar has to say! What are your thoughts?
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