Supreme Court approves Meesha Shafi’s plea in harassment case

GNN  |  Jan 12, 2021

Karachi: Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi’s workplace harassment case against singer-turned-actor Ali Zafar has been approved for hearing by Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Monday. According to details, the apex court has granted leave in Meesha Shafi’s case, meaning the court will be deliberating if her accusations of sexual harassment should come under the workplace harassment law.

“This also means that Harassment complaint was never heard on merits. More power to all survivors of harassment who are still invisible & fighting for change,” renowned lawyer and activist Nighat Dad said in a tweet.


— Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) January 11, 2021 — Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) January 11, 2021

Meesha’s appeal was earlier rejected by the Lahore High Court (LHC) and Punjab ombudsperson, saying that her allegations did not fall under the ‘workplace harassment law’.

Her appeal was dismissed by LHC on grounds that she and her alleged harasser did not have ‘an employer-employee relationship’.

In 2018, Meesha Shafi had accused Ali Zafar of sexually harassing her. Later, Ali denied the allegations and filed a defamation suit against Meesha. 

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