Sexual Harassment remains a stigma-plagued issue in Pakistan, hence for the victims to open up remains a challenge. We have already witnessed the backlash Meesha Shafi faced in the regard when she accused the fellow artist Ali Zafar. Unfortunately and shamefully, the benefit of the doubt lied with the accused male artist, subjecting Meesha to ridicule and mocking. We have seen the same pattern of attitude in Ayesha Gulalai’s and Sharmeen Obaid’s case as well. Hence it remains a persistent societal attitude, which depressingly we can’t seem to get rid of soon.
In such unsupportive social dynamics, for a harassment victim to speak and raise voice remains a task beyond difficult. But when a woman speaks out, another few are encouraged – as we witnessed in Meesha’s case when 4 more women followed her up.
Hence, opening up for a victim needs a lot of gathering up the courage. Completely turning a blind eye to the sensitivity of the issue, Pakistan’s hot modelling sensation Sadaf Kanwal spoke some rather controversial words, landing her in aggressive scrutiny.
The 25-year-old modelling and acting sensation, during her interview on ‘Tonite with HSY’, said that when it happens, it should be spoken about at the moment, not later.
“You know, when you have a MeToo incident, say it then. Why are you remembering it later? I think when it happens you should say it.” – She said.
She went on saying that if it ever happens to her, she will say it at the moment. And she won’t do it on social media, but tell everyone.
Model Amna Ilyas, the other guest on the show, however, disagreed with her and said that it is not as easy as it looks like.
“When you think it’s the right time you will speak up. Many people don’t have the strength to speak up at that moment. You need a lot of strength to say something like that.” – commented Amna.
Her comments also caused a social media uproar. The internet community asked to #cancel her. Here are some of the comments:
Most of our entertainment/fashion industry artists are such Hollywood wannabes, but have the intellect of a rodent. Do u know how socially aware and involved most Hollywood artists are? How vocal they are about causes close to them?
Meanwhile we have Maya Ali and #SadafKanwal 🙄
— Amna (@PseudoPir) September 19, 2018
I was reading about #SadafKanwal 's interview with @HSYCOUTUREKING and seriously that girl didn't say anything good for anyone. She said very weired stuff about Mahira (Which we can only listen and laugh at 😂) she pointed out Maya and of course #MeeshaShafi. 2/2
— Faria (@FariaSays) September 18, 2018
You know, stop being 'disappointed' or 'upset' or 'deduct points' re #SadafKanwal.
CANCEL her. No place for sexual harassment apologists no matter how beloved. #MeToo
— Tony Khan (@marketingdude) September 19, 2018
— huma faiz (@potaji) September 18, 2018
Mix privilege with sheer level of stupidity and add some internalized misogyny to it, the tasteless @thesadafkanwal sauce you will prepare is here.#Metoo #SadafKanwal #StopJokingaboutHarrasment pic.twitter.com/XlbFgKsaBk
— Hira Saeed (@heerasaeed) September 19, 2018
Why would #Metoo scare anybody if they are not a harasser?
I'll tell why.
Because they are apologists and THEY ARE AS DISGUSTING AS THE HARASSER.
P.s Making fun is same as being mad and scared about such things#SadafKanwal
— Ayesha (@_Woke_AF) September 18, 2018
— Cutacut (@CUTACUTOfficial) September 18, 2018
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