After Meesha Shafi accused All Zafar for sexually harassing her, a lot of people took to social media to react to it and share their own views. Some of them stood for Ali, some supported Meesha. Few people came up with questions and some shared their own experiences of harassment. Twitter flooded with the #Metoo and the thoughts regarding Meesha’s accusation.
Here’s the accusation by Meesha.
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
To which Ali Zafar responded.
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) April 19, 2018
Now the chain of tweets started and everyone was putting statements one by one on this topic.
Mahira khan asked the trolls to stop blaming the victim.
The sick mentality of those commenting on an issue as serious as sexual harassment as casually as they are just shows where the root of this problem exists – in our minds. We will continue to breed harassers for as long as we continue to desensitise this issue.
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) April 20, 2018
Hamza Ali Abbas used a reference to Islam.
FOR EXAMPLE: The man flirts, the woman doesn’t tell him she is feeling uncomfortable, maybe he is in a position of power or other reasons, the man takes it as consent, the woman years later comes out saying she got harassed & the guy keeps thinking he just flirted with consent! https://t.co/muXaEZCH6b
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) April 20, 2018
‘As parents, we tell our children to speak up if somebody touches them inappropriately and that it is never their fault. So why is it this hard to do the same? One shouldn’t have to be this brave to report sexual misconduct.’ – Meesha Shafi, in conversation with Images, Dawn.
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) April 19, 2018
— Momina Mustehsan (@MominaMustehsan) April 21, 2018
Armeena with her point.
Ok! so let’s not judge till all goes through the courts. However, I am horrified at the personal attacks against #Meesha based on her occupation and gender. “These actresses and singers dress inappropriately so they deserve it.” WHAT?! What a bunch of degenerates! Yuck! 🤮
— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) April 20, 2018
I’m not saying that she’s wrong and he’s right or that he’s wrong and she’s right; that’s for the courts to decide BUT the reaction from some ppl has been utterly disgraceful. This culture of shame is what leads to rape and little girls being killed. What a sordid affair. #Sad
— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) April 20, 2018
Jab tak larki ko acha lagta hai , “its healthy flirt”, jab larki ka mood na ho tu “sexual harassment”. Larki num mangay tu “its just for fun” , Larka num mangay tu “its Tharkipan”. If it’s not a publicity stunt tu phelay Court mei file karti Madam, Social media kyun? #Meesha
— Waqar Zaka (@ZakaWaqar) April 20, 2018
Sonya Hussyn’s point.
My only request is to wait and see what the other side of the picture Is!
Jo sach hai vo samnay aey ga.
Wishing everyone a blessed night.
Please give ur feedback if u think it’s fair to wait for the other side too.
— Maya Khan® (@mayaghinakhan) April 19, 2018
Reham Khan also didn’t keep silent and broke it in favor of Meesha.
Proud of this gutsy woman. That’s my kind of rockstar! More power to women who stand up to predators. https://t.co/KT07tU6N8f
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) April 19, 2018
Maya Ali’s reaction.
I’m not here to say who is wrong and who is right or who did what and who didn’t… Let’s say, I haven’t known him for long, but I have been working with him since 1 year, we shot our film in Lahore and then we were all together in Poland to shoot the rest of the film and I never ever got any kind of that vibe from him… I always found him talking to his wife and kids on FaceTime and this made me a fan of him, because he would always share his good and bad moments with his wife and family… When we were on set or in any restaurant with the whole team he would always make sure that he was sharing these moments with her… I am not judging anyone nor giving any clarification on anyone’s behalf, and we can’t judge the one side of a book… I respect this man @ali_zafar and want the truth to come out, until then we shouldn’t judge anyone’s character…🙏🏻🙏🏻
Urwa was at Meesha’s side.
— URWA HOCANE (@VJURWA) April 19, 2018
On which side are you?