Meesha Shafi

Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi faces 3 years of jail for alleged false accusation of sexual harassment

Meesha Shafi became the talk of the town after she had accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment during the 2018 #MeToo movement.

She made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2013 Mira Nair’s film The Reluctant Fundamentalist. She achieved further critical success for her role of Laxmi, an Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing’s operative, in Bilal Lashari’s action thriller film Waar, which ranks among the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time in Pakistan.

In 2018 Meesha Shafi accused actor Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. She filed a case with the Punjab Ombudsperson (who is supposed to adjudicate cases of harassment of women in the workplace), who declined to hear the case because she “did not have an employer-employee relationship” with Zafar.An appeal she filed with the governor was dismissed, again on “technical grounds”.

On 29 September 2020 Ali Zafar filed an FIR against Meesha Shafi and eight others for posting defamatory content against him on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Meesha had accused Ali Zafar of sexual misconduct at a recording studio ahead of a concert in Pakistan where two had to perform together. While the Mere Brother Ki Dulhan actor has stringently dismissed her allegations, he had also a criminal defamation charge against her. And now as per a recent update in Daily Mail, Meesha will face three years of jail for ‘criminal defamation’ over damage to the actor’s reputation. This isn’t all. Eight other people who had accused Ali online have also been charged for the same. Meanwhile, Meesha has called the legal system rigid and stated, “Which woman has got justice in a case of this nature and at what cost?”

According to media reports, Meesha Shafi now faces up to 3 years in prison for falsely accusing Ali Zafar of sexual misconduct and causing “irreparable damages to his career thanks to the false case…” However, her lawyer has junked all media reports claiming them to be fake as court verdict is reportedly awaited.

For the uninitiated, Meesha had made the allegations against Ali in a tweet including her statement. A part of her statement read, “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 even though I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children.”

The #MeToo movement in 2018 had taken the entire world by storm and many women came forward sharing their ordeals. From filmmakers to actors, singers, many men were accused in this movement, there was always a debate about the authenticity of the accusations. Interestingly, this much talked about movement is once again making the headlines as Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi has lost the sexual misconduct case against Ali Zafar following which she has been given three years jail term.

According to media reports, Meesha had accused Ali Zafar of sexual misconduct at a recording studio ahead of a concert in Pakistan where two had to perform together. While the Mere Brother Ki Dulhan actor has stringently dismissed her allegations, he had also a criminal defamation charge against her. And now as per a recent update in Daily Mail, Meesha will face three years of jail for ‘criminal defamation’ over damage to the actor’s reputation. This isn’t all. Eight other people who had accused Ali online have also been charged for the same. Meanwhile, Meesha has called the legal system rigid and stated, “Which woman has got justice in a case of this nature and at what cost?”

For the uninitiated, Meesha had made the allegations against Ali in a tweet including her #metoo statement. A part of her statement read, “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 even though I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children.”

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