#MeToo, Meesha Shafi-Ali Zafar

#METOO: FIA’s Special Court booked Meesha Shafi And 8 Others

by Silah Awan

FIA’s special court on Tuesday, September 2020 registered an FIR against singer Meesha Shafi and 8 other individuals on the allegations of running a defamation campaign against signer Ali Zafar who received a Pride of Performance Award by the government of Pakistan on August 2020.

Details of FIR

The first FIR was registered on April 19, 2018, by Shafi who blamed Zafar for inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment through Twitter. Zafar in November 2018 challenged the social media campaign against him, and filed a complaint to FIA Cyber Crime Wing and held up a protest, Zafar, in his application, contended that the charges against him were made under a pre-planned agenda that is schemed by Shafi, her companion and her legal counsellor. This case was recorded under Protection of Electronic Media 2016.

History of Case

As per reports, FIA’s cybercrime wing enlisted an FIR against Shafi following a two-year investigation. While various fake social media accounts were likewise made to run the false #MeToo campaign against him. Zafar said that Meesha used Twitter to post slanderous comments and bogus claims against him in 2018. Zafar completely denied the allegations and wants Shafi to pay restitution for the harm to his reputation and leveling bogus claims against him. From that point forward the two have been occupied with a fight in court. Shafi has shown up before FIA on December 3, 2019, however, neglected to introduce any witness or proof.

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Understanding the #MeToo Movement

The Me Too movement is a push to impact social change, introduced and organized through social media first, where it’s frequently communicated as #MeToo. Initially established in 2006, by Burke, an American social activist, she used it initially. Later on, it became prominent both on the web and in the mainstream media in 2017. The first motivation behind Me Too was to engage and empower women through compassion, the expression was later promoted by American actress Alyssa Milano on Twitter for the very first time on 15 October 2017. Milano empowered survivors of sexual assault victims to tweet about it and give individuals a feeling about the seriousness of the issue.

Soon prominent actors from the entertainment industry opened up about their encounters with sexual harassment in the entertainment world. From that point forward, this movement has given a source of solidarity to women from all foundations who have encountered sexual harassment, regularly. The hashtag has trended in at least 85 different nations, including Pakistan. A large number of individuals began using this hashtag on social media platforms to express their experience, and it spread to many different dialects, due to which the main reason has changed and extended, accordingly, it has come to mean different to people belonging different regions.

#MeToo Movement In Pakistan

Keeping in mind that it is now off to slow beginning here in Pakistan, so it is not predictable whether it will stay in the long run or not, since change in Pakistan is as yet evolving.  Here, #MeToo appeared to be a response for women enduring in a tradition-bound society. The movement in Pakistani started when Meesha Shafi blamed her colleague Zafar for sexually harassing her on numerous events. Both had their allies who remained by them. Zafar filed a case in response to maligning and causing harm to his reputation. However, this movement has certainly seen advancement, since now it is not just limited to allegations but has brought about arrests, renunciations and genuine inquiries over unsatisfactory conduct. Ever since its introduction in Pakistan  #MeToo has opened a way for discussion about the potential impact it has right now and will have on future in our society.

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