Singer Meesha Shafi and Singer, actor Ali Zafar are in headlines since few months for a case pertaining to sexual harassment. After several hearings, evidences and statements from witnesses, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has dismissed the petition of Meesha Shafi challenging the decisions of Punjab governor and the provincial ombudsperson.
Taking a step forward, Meesha Shafi, in her petition that includes Zafar, the woman ombudsperson, and Punjab governor as parties in the case, Meesha has requested the Supreme Court to declare the LHC’s decision null and void. A day earlier, Meesha Shafi made an appearance at the Session Court in Lahore and recorded her statement for the defamation case filed against her by singer Ali Zafar, who is facing charges by Shafi.
In front of the judge, Shafi reiterated that she never wanted to go public with the incident and was forced to do so when she realized that she might have to work with Zafar and the matter wasn’t being resolved internally (via his managers and her employers.) She added that the tweet that revealed the incident was her last resort after all other channels had been exhausted.
She revealed three separate incidents of harassment: First incident took place at the house of the father in law of the plaintiff, where Ali Zafar groped her as he greeted her as she entered the gathering. Deciding to forgive and forget, she continued meeting Ali Zafar and his wife on social occasions. She claimed that she never told his wife out of respect for her.
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17 November, 2019