Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi, who had accused singer Ali Zafar of sexual misconduct, could face prison time if she loses the defamation case filed by Zafar. Meesha was one of the first persons in Pakistan to join the #metoo movement and reveal the hidden skeletons from the closet. Zafar, on the other hand, always denied and called the allegations false. As per a report in Wall Street Journal, Meesha could allegedly face a prison time of three years on losing the case.
Meesha Shafi's statement
"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 singer was quoted as saying by media.
Not just Meesha, eight other women had come out and accused Ali Zafar of sexual misconduct. As per a report in Hindustan Times, Meesha had also allegedly filed Rs 2 billion lawsuit against the singer. She was seeking Rs 1 billion for the loss of goodwill and reputation and Rs 1 billion for 'mental torture and agony', claimed the report. The court had earlier dismissed her case stating it doesn't come under the purview of law meant for women's safety at workplace.
Ali Zafar's statement
"I categorically deny all claims of harassment lodged against me by Ms Shafi. I intend to take this through the courts of law and to address this professionally and seriously rather than to lodge any allegations here, contesting personal vendettas on social media and in turn disrespecting the movement, my family, the industry and my fans. Ultimately I am a strong believer that the truth, always prevails," Zafar had said.
Ali Zafar has worked in several Bollywood films. His role in Dear Zindagi, Mere Brother ki Dulhan, Kill Dil, Chashme Baddoor were widely appreciated.