The Governor of Punjab has dismissed the appeal of Pakistan musician Meesha Shafi filed against renowned singer Ali Zafar accusing him of sexual harassment. Her appeal was rejected on July 11. The musician had earlier filed a complaint to the governor against Ali Zafar under the Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010.
The Express Tribune quoted the actor's legal team as stating, "Meesha was not compelled in any way to work with Ali. The appeal was dismissed some time ago, around the same time Ali's debut Pakistani film Teefa in Trouble was releasing. Therefore, we didn't want the attention of the movie to be diverted."
Shafi's legal team will appeal again on a competent forum, reported The Express Tribune.
Earlier, Shafi, in a social media post, said Zafar harassed her on multiple occasions and that her "conscience does not allow her to be silent anymore". Ali, however, rebuffed Shafi's allegations.
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
Soon after Meesha Shafi’s allegations on Zafar, several other women, some from within the industry, stood up lauding Shafi’s bold move to speak up. Many women even revealed about how Zafar allegedly sexually harassed them.
Zafar, a Pakistani singer-songwriter, has worked in several Bollywood films including 'Tere Bin Laden,' 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan,' 'Chashme Baddoor,' and 'Dear Zindagi.'
(With ANI Inputs)