During the 2018 #MeToo movement, Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi had accused Ali Zafar of allegedly groping her in a recording studio. After Meesha’s sexual harassment claims, it was reported that Ali Zafar denied them and also filed a defamation case against her. A few days ago, Wall Street Journal reported that Meesha was being prosecuted on criminal defamation, and that she could be sentenced upto 3 years in jail, if convicted. Daily Mail reported that Meesha ‘faces three years in jail for criminal defamation’, post which many news platforms falsely and inaccurately reported that she had been sentenced to 3 years in jail.
Now, throwing shade at all the false reports and trolls targeting her on social media, Meesha Shafi clarified that she isn’t going to jail, through a sassy post. Slamming the fake news, Meesha posted a selfie of her sitting inside a car, and wrote, “Here’s a picture of me not going to jail, suckers! “ In another post, Meesha shared a screenshot of an article about misreporting and wrote in her caption, “Another day Another disinformation campaign Speaking up is even harder than being harassed. This is why so many suffer in silence. Sending strength and solidarity to all those who speak up and risk their present to make way for a better future for all.”
Meesha Shafi’s lawyer released a statement that read, “Let there be no confusion that no such verdict has been passed by any court in Pakistan. In fact, the court has not even indicted any of the several men and women accused by Ali Zafar of spreading falsehood. Further, the delay so far has been caused by the prosecution which is evident from the fact that it took the adjudicating judge to pass strict orders for appearance of the prosecutor to submit the investigation report.”
Image Source: Instagram/Ali Zafar/ Meesha Shafi