In a letter shared on her Twitter page, singer-actress Meesha Shafi has accused actor Ali Zafar for sexually harassing her. The actress stated that she was sharing her story because she feels that speaking about the issue will break the culture of silence around it.
Zafar has denied the allegations and said he will address them through ‘the courts of law’.
In the note, the Shafi wrote, “I have been subjected 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 be 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.”
Here’s her full letter:
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
Shafi has been seen in films such as Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Rakeysh Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the critically-acclaimed Pakistani film, Waar. She has also acted in TV shows and appeared on the Pakistani version of Coke Studio.
Here’s Ali Zafar’s full note.
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) April 19, 2018
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