Meesha Shafi extends her support to Jami after he shared his #MeToo account
On Sunday night, Pakistani filmmaker Jamshed Mehmood, popularly known as Jami, came forward on Twitter with his own #MeToo account from 13 years ago.
The director sent out a series of tweets in which he shared that the reason he's been such a staunch ally of the movement is because he's also a rape survivor.
"Why I'm so strongly supporting #MeToo ? Because I know exactly how it happens now, inside a room, then outside courts, inside courts and how a survivor hides, confides because I was brutally raped by a very powerful person in our media world," he wrote.
Now, Meesha Shafi, who kickstarted the #MeToo movement in Pakistan last year when she accused popular musician Ali Zafar of sexual harassment, has offered unflinching support for Jami on social media:
"Crying for all of you who will believe anything over a victim speaking up. You don’t want change for the better. You only want to pretend to be upset as long as it doesn’t involve anything more uncomfortable than typing," she wrote.
"When we’re all trapped in our vile quagmire of filth, who do these truth tellers think they are? Let’s mob them, rob them and eat them for dinner. Lose whatever morals we have, let’s become even thinner."
Tagging Jami, she added, "@jamiazaad I see you. I hear you. I stand with you. Always."
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Other than Shafi, Angeline Malik, Mehreen Jabbar and Armeena Rana Khan have also expressed solidarity with the Moor director:
Talking about his own ordeal, Jami had also shared that he confided in his close friends about the media tycoon who had raped him but no one took him seriously.
"I froze, not sure why. Yes, it really happens and happened to me. Till this day, 13 years have passed, I curse myself. Why I didn't take his eyes out but I was so close to this guy, a friend, doing his mega shoots for his mega high-end books and museum launches etc. Maybe that's why my system shut down...or I couldn't believe wtf is going on," he shared.
"I told my few close friends but no one took it seriously. I told them so many times with the name of this tycoon but as if I'm a joker or something. Yes, high-end friends in media didn't do anything."