Has the justice been served? As per The Times of India, UK’s Daily Mail, News18 and several other media outlets, famous Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi has gotten a 3-year sentence for falsely accusing Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. However, Pakistani media has kept its silence on the issue which casts a doubting shadow over the matter. Nevertheless, whether the news is true or not, whether Meesha Shafi has really gotten the sentence or it is just a disinformation campaign against her, Meesha has been found guilty, along with eight others, of running a vilification campaign against Ali Zafar by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
In a world where everyone is calling for gender equality and demanding equal rights for women, where gender inequality is cursed and increased voices for the rights of women emerge, such an incident is a lesson to all of us in general, and feminists in particular.
Though the world is full of wild beasts who always try to use, exploit and harass women, there are also people like Ali Zafar who became the victim of what may be called false feminism.
In this case, the victim card played by Meesha Shafi did the trick and all feminists, even without analysing both sides of the picture and without any evidence, pointed their fingers of blame towards an innocent man. This speaks volumes about how the feminist movement can be easily misused.
Till now, Meesha shafi has failed to produce any evidence of harassment in the court. All the signs currently seem to be the harbinger of her losing the case. If this happens, she might as well face the sentence.
Every society, nevertheless, should support women’s rights and the discrimination against them must be condemned at all levels. However, we must also be able to differentiate between true and potential fake voices. Any physical attack on women or any sort of domestic violence, if found, must be uprooted. However, such cases must also be kept in mind and those who play a feminist card to defame any innocent person must also be punished.
This, I think, we all must learn as a nation from this incident.