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‘Cake’ star Sanam Saeed lent her support to Meesha Shafi and other victims of sexual harassment in her social media post. She appreciated Meesha Shafi for sharing her story of abuse irrespective of latter publicly accusing Saeed’s fellow and a pop icon Ali Zafar.
Sanam Saeed in her post encouraged the victims to speak up who are still reluctant to recount their story of abuse in public. She recognized it was not easy on the part of the victims to speak up, knowing the amount of backlash it would redirect towards them.
She added that it does not take a person to be an evil character to harass women rather it can be anyone.
“For the rest of you passing judgment, take a few minutes to consider that it doesn’t take an evil person, non-family person or an overtly, sleazy, ill-mannered person to cross the line. It can be a good friend, relative, colleague, boss, family person, ‘decent’ person, successful, loved and admired a person who falters,” she continued.
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Unlike actress Maya Ali and Resham who stood in solidarity with Ali Zafar, Sanam Saeed backed Meesha Shafi. Actress Maya Ali called Ali Zafar a ‘family man’, while Resham talking to a senior anchorperson Hamid Mir said, a woman working in the entertainment industry must know how to give a stern reply to a harasser.
There is no gender discrepancy when it comes to speaking up about sexual harassment. I’m sure it is even harder for men to #speakup. But it is important for anyone bottling it up and struggling to know they don’t have to suffer in silence. Times are changing. Never underestimate the power of your #6thsense . You know, and they know.. when it’s #notcool
Sanam Saeed addressed Meesha Shafi saying, “She did it… she spoke up… she broke the silence. Good on her and every single person who is speaking up.” Saeed referring to another movement ‘TimesUp’ running parallel to ‘MeToo’ said time has come as this behavior will no longer go unchecked.
Beginning from Hollywood, these movements have already shaken the world. In her post, she encouraged the victims to speak without fear. “For anyone afraid to speak up… we are here to support you. Let’s break the cycle together and support one another. Let inappropriate behavior not go unchecked.”
“No matter when you choose to #SpeakUp, regardless of days, minutes, weeks or years. Feel at ease that you have shared your truth. Their voices must and will be heard,” she continued in her statement. Following Meesha Shafi, actresses Armeena Khan and Ayesha Omar disclosed their stories of sexual harassment.