Pakistani singer Meesha Shaafi, who accused Ali Zafar of sexual misconduct, faces 3 years in jail

Singer-actor Meesha Shafi's accusation against fellow singer Ali Zafar started the #MeToo movement in Pakistan. 8 other women have also accused the singer of sexual harassment.

Pakistani singer Meesha Shaafi, who accused Ali Zafar of sexual misconduct, faces 3 years in jail

New Delhi: Pakistani singer Meesha Shaafi, who levelled serious allegations against singer-actor Ali Zafar, faces up to three years of jail term.

As per Mail Online, Shaafi, who accused Zafar of sexually harassing her during the #MeToo 2018 movement, faces a three-year jail term in Pakistan after Ali filed criminal defamation charge against her.

Meesha's accusations marked the entry of the worldwide popular #MeToo movement which was started by women to share their experiences of sexual harassment faced by them at the workplace that they were unable to address back then, in conservative Pakistan. 

"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," read the singer's statement.

After Meesha, eight other women also came out and accused the singer-actor of sexual misconduct. The 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' actor has, however, categorically denied all allegations and has filed defamation cases against all the women.

"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," read Ali's statement.

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